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FAA Issues A Warning to Those Carrying Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on Flights

Samsung cannot catch a break at the moment can it? It was widely speculated that the year 2016-17 is going to be yet another excellent year for the Korean giants with the success that they enjoyed with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge early in the year and seemingly had another winner on their hands with the Note 7. Until, the bubble burst, or rather, exploded? Several reports came in stating that the Galaxy Note 7’s battery was exploding and this lead to a mass recall of the device for an inspection. The recall meant that in markets like India, Samsung had to delay the launch of the device, so much that it promised a few freebies to keep the customers interested. And then, there was the announcement of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which has enticed those who are looking to buy a new smartphone.

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It came through that a Jeep had caught fire when a Note 7 exploded in it and it looks like the matter is more serious than initially thought. Now FAA, the Federal Aviation Administration, responsible for formulating all the regulations concerning things that take to the sky to travel, have sounded out a warning to those who own the Note 7. A statement from the FAA read:

In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.

This is perhaps the first time that a smartphone has been seen as a threat in the sky. So, off  all things that you knew of, another thing you should keep an eye when you are in sky is if a co-passenger is using the Note 7, cause it could cause potentially major harm. Even before FAA made the statement, there were reports that several airlines, including the Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia are warning their passengers from using the phone when on board.

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Arpit Verma

When not admiring flying metallic birds and the science behind them, Arpit is seen scribbling with his keyboard, voicing an opinion or two about personal technology. He is currently using a Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus as his mobile devices.

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