Published on Friday, September 9, 2016

FAA warns passengers over Samsung smartphone

Air passengers are being warned not to use Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on planes after reports of the devices exploding.

The Federal Aviation Administration has told passengers not to switch on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones when on board and has also advised against packing them in hold luggage.

Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have already banned passengers from using the Galaxy Note 7 on flights following Samsung's decision to recall the phones.

Although customers will still be able to bring the phones on flights, they are not allowed to charge or use them during the flight.

Samsung has blamed battery problems for the fires and has recalled the smartphones in 10 markets.

The FAA said: "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."

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    Are you kidding me? The FAA is ASKING people not to bring Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on planes? And they believe that people will simply comply with their wishes? And the rest of the passengers must trust that they will not bring them on THEIR flight, and not turn them on? This is beginning to sound really dumb, and the fact that nobody is doing anything about it is even dumber! No phones of that sort should be allowed through security. NOT ONE! Now, we not only have to worry about Radical jihadists on our flights, but Samsung smartphones, too! Too much! And as a member of the travel industry, I have to ask my colleagues to please help petition the FAA ASAP to make sure that these mini bombs are confiscated before even one more flight takes off. If you see something....make some noise.

    By RANDY MAGED, Thursday, September 15, 2016

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