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FAA Asks Air Passengers to Not Turn On Their Galaxy Note 7 Phones

September 9, 2016, 12:44 AM UTC
Koh Dong Jin President of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics Introduces the New Galaxy Note 7
An employee demonstrates Samsung Electronics Co.'s Samsung Pay application on a Galaxy Note 7 smartphone with stylus during a media event in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Samsung's large-screen Galaxy Note 7 smartphone can be unlocked with an iris-scanning camera. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

(Reuters) – Airline passengers should not turn on or charge their Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights or stow them in checked baggage, due to concerns over the phone’s fire-prone batteries, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said.

In a statement on Thursday, the FAA said it “strongly advises” passengers to follow its guidance “in light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices.”

The South Korean manufacturer announced last week it was recalling all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones equipped with batteries it has found to be prone to catch fire.

United Continental, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the FAA advisory.

Vaughn Jennings, a spokesman for Washington-based trade group Airlines for America, said the group was “closely monitoring any developments as this issue evolves.”

“Each individual carrier makes determinations, in compliance with FAA safety rules and regulations, as to what is permitted to be carried on board and in the cargo hold,” Jennings said in a statement.

Australian airlines Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have banned passengers from using or charging the Galaxy Note 7 during flights over fire concerns.

Although customers will still be able to bring the phones on flights on the Australian carriers, the ban extends to the phones being plugged into flight entertainment systems where USB ports are available.