FAA: Don't turn on, charge Galaxy Note7 in flight

- The FAA said not to charge, or even turn on Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flight.

The warning came Thursday night, almost a week after Samsung announced a recall of the phones because the batteries could catch fire or explode. 

In St. Petersburg, a family says their Jeep Cherokee was reduced nearly to ashes after their Galaxy Note 7, attached to a car charger in the car, exploded. 

The FAA's statement reads, "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."

Samsung's Note 7s were being pulled from shelves in 10 countries just two weeks after the product's launch. Samsung said it confirmed 35 instances of Note 7s catching fire or exploding as of the time of the recall. There have been no reports of injuries related to the problem.

Note 7 owners will be able to swap them for new smartphones soon. The company said around 2.5 million Note 7s had been sold globally, and an estimated 1 in 42,000 units may have a faulty battery. 


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