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FAA reiterates warning that no Galaxy Note 7 phones may be turned on or charged in flight

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The FAA has reiterated its position that airline passengers should power down and not use or charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on airplanes, or put the phones in checked luggage. The statement comes after Samsung halted global sales of the Note 7 following a series of fires in purportedly “safe” phones after a recall last month.

In response to a statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and following a recent decision by Samsung to suspend global sales of all Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration urges passengers onboard aircraft to power down, and not use, charge, or stow in checked baggage, all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, including recalled and replacement devices.

In addition to stopping sales of new Note 7 devices, Samsung also instructed current owners of the phone to immediately “power down” the phones and return them for a refund or for another phone.

The wording of the FAA’s statement is similar to one released when the Note 7 recall was first announced, and the FAA again stopped short of banning the phone entirely — the restrictions are on using or charging the Note 7, not bringing it on the plane.

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