FAA Warns Travelers Not To Use New Samsung Phone On Planes

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Federal Aviation Administration has advised travelers with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone not to use it on planes, or store it in checked luggage, over a potential fire risk.

Samsung has issued a global recall of all Note 7 smartphones, after finding the lithium-ion batteries of some of the phones have exploded or caught fire.

The FAA has warned travelers not to operate or charge the phones inside planes, and not to put them in checked luggage.

The warning comes after numerous reports of Note 7 phones catching fire, including one that destroyed a family’s Jeep on Labor Day in Florida.

Samsung has halted all sales of the Note 7, and announced a recall of more than 2 million phones in 10 countries.

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