United States' FAA warns consumers against using the Galaxy Note 7 on planesBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 9 September 2016 | Categories: news
One of the big talking points of the past week (besides the new iPhone) has been Samsung's recent recall of its Galaxy Note 7 phablet due to exploding batteries. Adding insult to the South Korean manufacturer's injury is the United States' Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), which has apparently caught wind of developments. The FAA released a statement earlier today warning Note 7 owners against using their devices in-flight, or indeed in any manner on a plane.
As seen below, the statement strongly advises Note 7 users from charging their devices in-flight, as well as storing them in checked baggage (which is stored away in the plane's cargo area). This statement falls in line with reports heard to date, with several exploding battery incidents involving the fast charging aspect of the device.
While the number of incidents may have grown since last week, Samsung confirmed a total of 35 reported cases at the time. Having recalled the device in the States and other countries where it has already been released, there is still no comment on the status of the Note 7 for South Africa. The device was meant to go on pre-order on 2 September locally, with a 23 September launch date.
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