Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sep 9, 2016, 08.09 PM (IST)
Flyers can carry the smartphone in their hand baggage but are required to keep them switched off during the duration of a flight
India's civil aviation authority has banned passengers from carrying their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in their check-in baggage owing to concerns over the phone's fire-prone batteries.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in an order that flyers can carry the phone in their hand baggage but are required to keep them switched off during the duration of a flight.
Three Australian airlines banned passengers from using the smartphone yesterday.
The airlines - Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia - said that they took the precautionary measure following Samsung’s recent recall of the phones.
The recall was initiated after reports of the phones catching fire while they were being charged began doing the rounds.
Samsung, the world’s biggest seller of smartphone, has sold 2.5 million of the phones so far.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also, after the Samsung recall, considering what its response should be.
In February, the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organisation, had banned lithium-ion batteries from checked-in luggage following concerns from pilots and plane makers that they were a fire risk.