Pakistan International Airlines Sunday (today) warned passengers not to carry the newly-released Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone during flights after reports that faulty batteries in the new smartphone caused some handsets to explode.
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 shipped globally following reports of exploding “phablets” that dealt a heavy blow to the firm’s reputation.
The national flag carrier’s warning comes as other international airlines, such as Qantas, Virgin Austra¬lia and Etihad, have also taken similar steps, asking customers to not to use or charge Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 during flights.
“In view of recent reports about Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, and the international warnings to airline passengers not to carry this smartphone during flights, PIA passengers are also strongly advised not to carry it, not even in their check-in luggage, as it may compromise aircraft and passenger safety,” PIA Spokesman Daniyal Gilani said.
Earlier this week, the US Federal Aviation Administration strongly urged its passengers not to turn on or charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on aircraft. “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,” the FAA said in a statement.
Qantas and Virgin Australia also told customers Thursday not to use or charge the devices on their planes. Samsung is the world’s top smartphone maker, outpacing its American rival Apple.