|Samsung Galaxy Note 7|
Air travellers are being warned not to use their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on planes after the company recalled the devices over complaints the batteries can catch fire. "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 late Wednesday.
Some international airlines have already taken steps to stop people from using the devices on their aircraft. Qantas and Virgin Australia have both said they are telling passengers not to turn on Note 7 or charge them on flights.
"On board announcements are being made prior to departure to inform all guests," Virgin Australia said in a statement.
Samsung said a week ago that it was halting sales of the Note 7 and would recall 2.5 million devices in 10 countries, including South Korea and the U.S. The company will replace them with new Note 7 phones. Samsung was responding to dozens of complaints from customers that their phones had caught fire while charging. It said it had investigated the issue and found a problem with the batteries in a small number of Note 7 devices.
aksu360 notes with caution that the Galaxy Note 7 is barely one (1) month old in the market and the phone can at best be called an exploding smart-phone