Galaxy Note 7 customers told to not turn on phone while on plane

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (Source: AP Graphics)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aviation safety officials took the extraordinary step of warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smartphone during flights following numerous reports of the devices catching fire.

Galaxy Note 7 (AP Photo)
Galaxy Note 7 (AP Photo)

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the warning Thursday night, citing “recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices.” It is extremely unusual for the FAA to warn passengers about a specific product.

Passengers were also urged not to put the phones in checked bags.

Samsung recently stopped selling the phones and recalled more than 2 million of them after reports that the phones have spontaneously caught fire. In one case, a family in St. Petersburg, Florida, reported a Galaxy 7 phone left charging in their Jeep caught fire, destroying the vehicle.

faa-logo-against-cloudy-sky-thumbThe following is a statement from the FAA:
“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.”  http://www.faa.gov/go/packsafe

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