FAA issues warning on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices




The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a warning to airline passengers urging them not to turn on or charge their Galaxy Note 7 devices while in flight, nor stow them in checked baggage. The warning comes in the wake of incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices.

Samsung recalled the phone last week after reports emerged of the device exploding during or after charging, adding that the company will speed up shipments of replacement Galaxy Note 7 phones to ease safety concerns.

Some airlines including Qantas and Virgin Australia have already told customers not to charge or use the phone during flights.

“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.

Some 2.5 million Note 7s have been shipped globally since its launch last month and has been otherwise generally well-received by consumers and critics.

The warning is a precautionary measure and a reaction to any reported incident on a plane.

This story was first published by Guyana Aviation