Sep 09, 2016

    Don't charge your Note 7 on board: Aussie airlines


    AUSTRALIAN carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia told customers yesterday not to use or charge Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 during flights after 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.

    The moves followed reports of exploding "phablets" that hurt

    the firm's reputation.

    "Following Samsung Australia's recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7,

    we are requesting that passengers who own them do not switch on or charge them inflight," said a Qantas spokesman.

    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.

    Samsung's mobile business chief Koh Dong Jin had said the faulty rate amounted to 24 handsets per each million sold.

    It would take about

    two weeks to prepare replacements.