Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned from airlines

  • 16/10/2016
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A growing number of airlines have banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7s on all flights, after incidents around the world of the new devices catching fire.

The new rule has come after a decision from the US Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

This ban is effective from Sunday onwards.

Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin and Singapore Airlines are the most recent to ban the phones.

"This is due to concerns regarding potential fire risk from the device’s battery after a number of incidents worldwide and follows a ban put in place by regulators overseas," Qantas said in statement, released on Saturday night. 

"Please do not bring your device to the airport - we strongly recommend you leave your device at home," Air New Zealand said in a statement.

"Should your device be confiscated at an airport Air New Zealand is not able to return your device due to the ban on carriage nor can we accept responsibility for it while you travel."

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