Galaxy Note 7:, Owners advised not to use on planes

BBC News : Airline passengers have been warned by US authorities not to switch on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones when on board the plane.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also advised against packing the phones into any checked-in luggage.

Samsung recalled the phone last week after reports emerged of the device exploding during or after charging.

Qantas and Virgin Australia have also told customers not to charge or use the phone during flights.

Samsung said it would speed up shipments of replacement Galaxy Note 7 phones to ease safety concerns.

Battery problems

“In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage,” the FAA said.

Following Samsung’s recall of its Galaxy Note 7, Qantas said on Thursday it was “requesting that passengers who own [the devices] do not switch on or charge them in-flight.”

Samsung has said customers who have already bought the phone will be able to swap it for a new one and that it would take about two weeks to prepare replacement devices.

Analysis: Dave Lee, BBC North America technology reporter

This is precautionary advice and not understood to be in reaction to any incident on a plane.

This is not the first time the FAA has warned about the dangers of lithium batteries on flights. Earlier this year, it urged airlines to assess the risk of transporting lithium batteries as cargo.


The US trade group Airlines for America said it was “closely monitoring” the Note 7 issue and that carriers in the US would make their own ruling over the use of the phone on board.

 

South Korea-listed shares of Samsung Electronics were down close to 3% in early Friday trade.

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