Where There's Smoke, There's Samsung Phone on Ky. Flight

Somebody wasn't heeding the FAA warnings
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2016 2:05 PM CDT
Where There's Smoke, There's Samsung Phone on Ky. Flight
FILE - In this July 28, 2016, file photo, a color blending feature of the Galaxy Note 7 is demonstrated in New York. Consumers who bought the Galaxy Note 7 are having a wide range of responses in dealing with Samsung’s recall of the smartphone, which has been catching fire.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

A smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 added a little excitement to a Southwest flight after boarding Wednesday morning in Louisville. The flight was quickly evacuated when flight attendants noticed smoke in the aisles from the dropped phone, which had burned a hole in the plane's carpet, the New York Daily News reports. Arson investigators were called, and confirmed the cause of the smoke was an overheating Samsung phone. No one was injured, but the Verge notes that the phone was a replacement Galaxy Note 7, ie, "one that was deemed to be safe by Samsung." The FAA encourages passengers to power down their Note 7 phones during all stages of air travel in order to avoid this exact situation. Many airlines now issue a warning over the PA system before takeoff about the phones. Samsung is conducting a worldwide recall of all affected devices. (More Samsung stories.)

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