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After US, Australian and New Zealand airlines ban Samsung Note 7 devices

Earlier, the US airlines had barred passengers from carrying the faulty Note 7s on aircraft and said it would fine any defaulters. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Oct 16, 2016, 02.34 PM (IST)

After the US airlines barred all Samsung Note 7s from travel, Australian and New Zealand airlines took the same safety measures citing its "potential fire risk".

The ban, effective from Sunday, will be applicable to all devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage.  

"(The ban) 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 and its discount carrier Jetstar said in a statement late Saturday.

Virgin and Air New Zealand "strongly advised" passengers not to bring the Note 7 phone to airports.

"They cannot be accepted for travel and there is no storage facility available for them at our check-in areas," Air New Zealand added.

The world's largest smartphone makers, Samsung was forced to halt production of its latest flagship Note 7 device following reports of exploding batteries and fires worldwide. 

The crisis is set to cost the South Korean electronics giant billions in lost profits, and is a blow to a firm that prides itself on the quality production of cutting-edge technology.

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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