U.S. passengers are asked not to use Galaxy Note 7 on flights

U.S. passengers are asked not to use Galaxy Note 7 on flightsAirline passengers in the U.S. are banned from turning on or charging their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights or stowing them in checked baggage, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) said as concerns rose after some phone’s batteries caught fire.

“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,” the FAA statement, released on Thursday, said.

The FAA statement does not order U.S. airlines to take action.

Last Friday Samsung announced it was recalling all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because of battery problems.

Also this Friday, Singapore Airlines Ltd became the latest carrier to ban use of the phones during flights, following an identical move by three Australian airlines.

"The powering up and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones is prohibited on all our flights," Singapore Airlines said in a statement.
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