Samsung Note 7 owners urged to keep their phone off whilst on planes

Australian airlines have banned passengers from using or charging the Galaxy Note 7 during flights over fire concerns

The US Federal Aviation Administration has warned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners against turning their phones on or charing them mid-flight. The body also said passengers should not stow their Note 7 in checked baggage due to concerns relating to the phone's fire-prone battery. 

Samsung has issued a global recall of all Samsung Note 7 devices sold to date after reports of at least 35 "exploding batteries". The company has announced details of its exchange programme for devices sold, but the US FAA has issued its warning for those travelling with original devices.   

The FAA said it “strongly advises” passengers to follow its guidance “in light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices”.

The International Air Transportation Association said, “Although Samsung is the most recent company advising of faulty devices, others have issued similar recalls and warnings regarding lithium batteries in laptops over the last 12 months, so the industry is familiar with and equipped to manage such situations."

Australian airlines Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have all banned passengers from using or charging the Note 7 mid-flight over fire concerns.