FAA Advises Against Galaxy Note 7 Use On Aircraft

September 9, 2016

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The US Federal Aviation Administration has advised passengers not to use or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board aircraft.

“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 in a statement.

Samsung last week recalled the Galaxy Note 7 after a number of reported incidents where the battery overheated and caught fire.

American, Delta and United are following FAA advice and requiring Note 7s be switched off and not charged while on board.

Delta said a Samsung Note 7 may be taken on board aircraft or placed in carry-on baggage, not in checked baggage. The device must be turned off at all times and must not be charged.

Taiwan's China Airlines and EVA Airways have also banned putting the Note 7 into checked luggage.

The advice follows news on Thursday that three Australian carriers Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia have banned charging or using the Galaxy Note 7 inflight because of safety concerns.