Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 will not be allowed to be used on some aircrafts due to fears that they may explode.
(CCM) — Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phone has been banned on some airlines because of the risk of the device exploding. According to a Financial Times report, airlines including Quantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia no longer allow customers to use or charge the devices during flights. And passengers who want to travel with their Galaxy Note 7 in their checked-in luggage may need to think again: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an official statement warning against putting the phones in any aircraft's luggage hold as well. "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," it said in the statement.
Widespread reports of the phones catching fire or exploding during or after charging has led to Samsung recalling 2.5 million phones and replacing them with ones fitted with a different battery at a cost of about $1 billion. The FAA news led to Samsung's shares falling 2.9% earlier today before recovering slightly. Samsung has not yet initiated an official recall with the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the U.S.
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