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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned from use on planes, following spontaneous explosions


GALAXY NOTE 7 owners have been warned not to power on or recharge their devices during flights, following a number of spontaneous explosions as a result of the battery issues with the Samsung smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners should not switch-on or recharge their devices during flights.

The cutting-edge smartphones have also been banned from checked-in baggage, following spontaneous explosion as a result of the battery issues, the US Federal Aviation Administration has claimed.

The FAA said it “strongly advises” passengers to follow its guidance “in light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices.”

Australian airlines Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have already banned passengers from using or recharging the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 during flights over fire concerns.

Note 7 customers will still be able to bring the phones on flights on the Australian carriers, the ban extends to the phones being plugged into flight entertainment systems where USB ports are available.

The news comes days after a a Galaxy Note 7 exploded, causing more than $1,800 AUD (£1,028 converted) worth of damage.

“My brand new Note7 exploded this morning while I was still asleep, it was plugged in and charging,” the owner of the explosive device wrote on social news websites.

“Phone completely fried, I can’t eject the SIM tray to retrieved my SIM or the SD card. I was using original charger and cable if you are wondering.

“Charred the hotel room bed sheet and the carpet when I whacked it down to the floor, burnt one of my finger while doing that too.” [sic]

Samsung has urged the customers to return their mobiles which have a known fault with the Lithium-ion battery.

Around three dozen Galaxy Note 7 devices – or some 0.1 per cent of the entire volume sold – have been found to have batteries that caught fire and exploded.

Angry social media users have shared photographs of charred smartphones, complaining the devices had burst into flames while charging.

Samsung may have to shell out as much as $1 Billion some £750 million converted, following its decision to replace 2.5 Millin Galaxy Note 7 that have shipped since it went on-sale, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

The South Korean firm would not confirm the exact figure, but did say that the amount was “heartbreaking”.

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