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FAA issues warning against using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on airplanes

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, models display the iris scanner features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during its launch event in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Aviation safety officials took the extraordinary step of warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smartphone during flights following numerous reports of the devices catching fire.


The Federal Aviation Administration issued the warning Thursday night, citing "recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices." It is extremely unusual for the FAA to warn passengers about a specific product.

RELATED: Samsung stops Galaxy Note 7 sales after battery explosions

Passengers were also urged not to put the phones in checked bags.

Samsung recently stopped selling the phones and recalled more than 2 million of them after reports that the phones have spontaneously caught fire. In one case, a family in St. Petersburg, Florida, reported a Galaxy 7 phone left charging in their Jeep caught fire, destroying the vehicle.

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