WASHINGTON, D.C. – US air safety regulators have warned airline
passengers not to use Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 aboard planes,
following a recall of the devices because of a battery fire hazard.

Passengers are advised to keep the phones switched off during the
entire flight and preferably not to bring them on board at all, the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement late today.

“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.”

Samsung started a recall after complaints of battery overheating,
with dozens of customers saying that their phones had caught fire
while charging.

Around 2.5 million devices worldwide will be recalled, with Samsung
offering to replace them.

Some airlines have already warned passenger not to bring the phones
on board.

The FAA had previously called on airlines not to allow lithium
batteries as checked luggage, urging for them to be carried as hand


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