Samsung has suspended Galaxy Note 7 sales because of exploding batteries. Airline passengers should not turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights. Federal Aviation Administration - FAA issued a statement on Thursday, September 8, 2016.
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.”
Samsung issued the advice late on Monday night, recommending users backup their data and turn the potentially dangerous phones off, return them to the company, and “use an alternative device until a remedy can be provided”.
A Florida resident’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was charging inside his SUV when it burst into flames, which then engulfed his vehicle.
Melbourne business analyst Tham Hua said his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone had shown no signs of overheating before it erupted into flames while connected to the power point beside his hotel bed on Monday.
The hotel billed him $1800 for the damage, which Samsung had offered to cover.
“I know people (who) have the same phone and despite knowing of the recall still refuse to stop using it,” he said. “So I hope this will reach out to them.”
Samsung said it had received 35 reports of the Note 7 catching fire in South Korea, the United States, and Taiwan in the fortnight following its launch, but this could be the first case of an Australian phone fire.
A number of Australian airlines are now banning the use of the smartphone on board.