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Samsung Note 7 phones banned from US airplanes

Passengers will be barred from carrying the Note 7 on planes, in hand luggage or in checked baggage on domestic flights and international flights to or from the United States. Photograph: (Getty)

Washington, United States Oct 15, 2016, 05.40 AM (IST)

US officials on Friday banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from airplanes under an emergency order after reports of the device catching fire.

The ban will be effective from Saturday noon, said US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx. Anyone in violation of the ban will be fined and have the phone confiscated. They may also be subject to a criminal prosecution, the transport department said in a press statement, Reuters reported.

"We recognise that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority," Foxx said in a statement.

"We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk."

Passengers will be barred from carrying the Note 7 on planes, in hand luggage or in checked baggage on domestic flights and international flights to or from the United States, the agency said.

The agency said Samsung had received reports of at least 96 of the US handsets overheating, with 13 reports of burn injuries and 47 incidents of property damage, AFP reported.

On Monday, US mobile carriers AT&T and T-mobile both said in separate statements they were temporarily halting the exchange of Note 7 smartphones citing safety concerns.

The technology giant has permanently halted the production of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone nearly two months after its launch following reports of batteries catching fire. In September, it had announced a global recall of at least 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets including the US due to faulty batteries causing explosions and fires.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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