FAA issues warnings about Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fire risk

The FAA has issued warnings about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, less than a week after a global recall was issued for the devices over fears its batteries could burst into flames.

According to Josh Elliott, of CBS News’ digital network:

The FAA is warning the public not to operate or charge the popular phones inside passenger cabins, and is also urging passengers not to stow them in checked luggage.

The agency’s move follows yet another alarming fire attributed to the device that ripped through the interior of Nathan Dornacher’s jeep on Labor Day. Local fire authorities and Samsung are still investigating the exact cause of the explosion, but it follows at least 35 similar phone fires around the world that Samsung blames on faulty batteries.  Last Friday, the company recalled all 2.5 million units it shipped since the phone’s launch

The FAA’s  action does not outright ban the devices from airplanes. Instead the agency “strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge” them unlike earlier this week, when three Australian airlines (Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia) decided to prohibit passengers from using them in aircraft cabins. However the Federal Administration is considering taking far more drastic measures. The only reason the ban has not been enforced yet is because Samsung’s recall is technically not entirely official, as it wasn’t properly coordinated with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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