FAA: Don't Use Samsung Phone on Planes

Rare warning issued after battery fires
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2016 3:43 AM CDT
FAA: Don't Use Samsung Phone on Planes
FILE - In this July 28, 2016, file photo, a screen magnification feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is demonstrated, in New York. 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...   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – The Federal Aviation Administration has taken what the AP calls the "extraordinary step" of warning passengers not to use Samsung's new smartphone in the air. Samsung has had to recall the Galaxy Note7 worldwide due to battery fires, and it appears that the only safe way to have one on a plane is to have it turned off in your carry-on baggage: The Wall Street Journal reports that the FAA says it "strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices" on planes and "not to stow them in any checked baggage." (This Florida man says his Jeep was destroyed by fire after he left his Galaxy Note7 charging in the console.)

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