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Civil Aviation Ministry prohibits use of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone on board aircraft

The decision came in the wake of several incidents of battery of the phone getting exploded.

Sep 10, 2016 11:00 IST
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Sankat MochanCivil Aviation Ministry on 9 September 2016 prohibited the use and carriage of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smart phone on board aircraft. The decision was taken in light of several incidents globally, involving the battery of Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

The Ministry has issued a public notice advising airlines and travellers not to turn on or charge the smart phones during flights. Passengers have also been advised not to stow them in their checked in baggage. As per notification, passengers can carry them in their hand baggage in switched-off mode.

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The decision came a day after US regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a similar warning.

The Samsung has already recalled about 2.5 million units of the smart phone following the complaints. As per reports, more than 35 cases of exploding batteries has been reported since the phone was launched on 19 August 2016. The phone was launched with iris biometric scanner for enhanced security, upgraded S pen and a dual-curved screen.

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