Australia bans using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on flights

Australia bans using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on flightsIn Australia three airlines have prohibited their passengers to use or charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on flights after a number of phones exploded.

Qantas, its budget unit Jetstar and Virgin Australia said that aviation authorities didn’t ordered the ban. It was companies’ precaution after Samsung had recall of the phones in 10 markets.

The ban extends to the phones being plugged in to flight entertainment systems where USB ports are available, but still customers can bring the phones on flights.

"Following Samsung Australia's recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 personal electronic device we are requesting that passengers who own them do not switch on or charge them in flight," a Qantas spokesman said in an emailed statement.

In another case, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering its response to the Samsung recall and "working on guidance related to this issue," it says in a statement.
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