People Who Wore AirPods During FEMA's National Emergency Alert System Test Share Hilarious Reactions

AirPod users weren't safe from today's FEMA emergency alert test.

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Presidential alert is displayed on the screen of an iPhone as a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system is

Is conducted in a nationwide test, in the United States on October 3, 2018. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The U.S. government conducted a nationwide emergency alert test today to check the effectiveness of alert systems for cell phones, radios, and televisions. But even the most serious of emergency tests can’t escape the whirlwind that is the internet and social media.

Instead of panic or concern, a wave of memes made their way to social media by people whose ears were personally victimized by FEMA's startling alert. As users shared their hilarious takes, a surprising number of them shared one common experience—they were caught off guard while wearing AirPods.

FEMA is required by law to conduct wireless emergency alert tests at least once every three years, with the last national test occurring in 2021. All major U.S. wireless carriers participated automatically, meaning no enrollment was necessary to receive the alert. Phones turned off, in airplane mode, or not connected to a cell tower did not receive the message.

See some of Twitter's best AirPods-related reactions to the test below.

mfs with airpods on when the emergency alert started

— Red ❤️‍🔥 (@RedLightning420) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @RedLightning420


— Gannon Breslin (@gannonbreslin) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @gannonbreslin

My coworker had his airpods in while the alarm went off

— Leo (@Leo__ffs) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @Leo__ffs

I had my AirPods in during the alert

— Samureye💫 (@Sxmureye) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @Sxmureye

me with AirPods in after that national alert

— V (@vctoriadenise) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @vctoriadenise

Me listening to music with my AirPods just before the #EmergencyAlertSystem goes off

— Qura (@Qurandale) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @Qurandale

people with AirPods when the amber alert came on 🚨

— 𝑴𝑶𝑪 🏜️ (@MOC_dude) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @MOC_dude

How niggas with airpods felt the alert 😭#EmergencyAlertSystem

— Reaper (@reaper_szn) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @reaper_szn

Me when the alert went off in my AirPods

— 🐺 (@xtrillvalentine) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @xtrillvalentine

did y’all get this too

— Dan (@dannah__montana) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @dannah__montana

Did anyone else get this national alert???😭😭

— Brandöˣ 🔪 (@HAZYBANKZ) October 4, 2023

when the emergency alert hit

— Complex Pop Culture (@ComplexPop) October 4, 2023
Twitter: @ComplexPop

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