FAA: Don't charge, turn on Galaxy Note 7 on planes

Alcides Segui reports

- Samsung's nightmare keeps getting worse.

Three Australian airlines Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia, are banning passengers from using or charging Samsung Galaxy Note 7 during flights due to concerns over the phone's fire-prone batteries.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also getting involved. They put out a statement late Thursday that "strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage."

About a week ago Samsung recalled its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after finding some of their batteries exploded or caught fire. The cell phone giant confirmed 35 instances of a Note 7 catching fire or exploding. There have been no reports of injuries.

Just two weeks after the product's launch, The Note 7s are being pulled from shelves in 10 countries including, the United States.

Out of the 2.5 million Note 7s already sold globally, Samsung said it has not found a way to determine which  phones may endanger users.

One of the faulty phones may have been sold to St Pete man. Just days after the recall, Nathan Dornarcher says his Jeep Grand Cherokee caught fire. He said he left his Galaxy Note 7 charging in the center console when the phone exploded and engulfed his Jeep in flames.

MORE: St. Pete man says Note 7 explosion destroyed Jeep

A Samsung spokesperson released a statement to FOX 13, "We are aware of the incident and we are working with Mr. Dornacher to investigate his case and ensure we do everything we can for him. Consumer safety is Samsung's highest priority. With regard to the Galaxy Note 7, we are asking owners to take advantage of the Product Exchange Program."

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 went on sale three weeks ago. 

 App Store Get it on Google Play

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories You May Be Interested In – includes Advertiser Stories