Qan­tas, Vir­gin Aus­tralia have BANNED Sam­sung Note 7 on flights

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Aus­tralian car­ri­ers Qan­tas and Vir­gin Aus­tralia told cus­tomers on Thurs­day not to use or charge Sam­sung’s Gal­axy Note 7 dur­ing flights af­ter faulty bat­ter­ies in the new smart phone caused some hand­sets to ex­plode. Sam­sung, the world’s largest smart phone maker, said last week it was sus­pend­ing sales of its lat­est flag­ship mo­bile de­vice and re­call­ing 2.5 mil­lion units shipped glob­ally fol­low­ing re­ports of ex­plod­ing “tablets” that dealt a heavy blow to the firm’s rep­u­ta­tion. “Fol­low­ing Sam­sung Aus­tralia’s re­call of the Sam­sung Gal­axy Note 7 Per­sonal Elec­tronic De­vice (PED), we are re­quest­ing that pas­sen­gers who own them do not switch on or charge them in­flight,” a Qan­tas spokesman said in a state­ment. The re­quest ap­plies to do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional flights as well as Qan­tas’ dis­count car­rier Jet­star, the spokesman added. Qan­tas’ do­mes­tic com­peti­tor Vir­gin Aus­tralia is­sued a sim­i­lar state­ment, adding that it was mak­ing on-board an­nounce­ments ahead of de­par­tures. In 2014, Qan­tas and Vir­gin Aus­tralia al­lowed pas­sen­gers to use mo­bile elec­tronic de­vices in­flight with limited re­stric­tions af­ter a re­lax­ation of the rules by the coun­try’s avi­a­tion au­thor­ity. Pre­vi­ous reg­u­la­tions banned their use dur­ing taxi­ing, take­off and land­ing due to fears they could in­ter­fere with the plane’s nav­i­ga­tion equip­ment.

Sam­sung’s re­call -- the first for one of the South Korean elec­tron­ics gi­ant’s top of the range phones -- came a week be­fore arch-ri­val Ap­ple un­veiled its iPhone 7 on Wed­nes­day. Sam­sung’s mo­bile busi­ness chief Koh Dong-Jin had said the faulty rate amounted to 24 hand­sets per each mil­lion sold and that it would take about two weeks to pre­pare re­place­ments.

Sam­sung, the world’s largest smart­phone maker, said last week it was sus­pend­ing sales of its lat­est flag­ship mo­bile de­vice and re­call­ing 2.5 mil­lion units.

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