The US's FAA airline regulator tells passengers not to turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7s during flights. As Ivor Bennett reports, some airlines have already banned the use of the smartphones on flights anyway.
The images were bad enough on their own. But if Samsung thought a recall would take the heat off its Galaxy Note 7, then it'll have to think again. Airline authorities in the US are now warning passengers not to switch the phone on while on board. They've also advised against charging it and even checking it in the hold. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PANMURE GORDON CHIEF ECONOMIST, SIMON FRENCH, SAYING: "That's material in terms of the ability to use the product, particularly for the business community and regular travellers. So I think this is a problem for Samsung that they need to get on top of quite quickly otherwise the scaring impact on future sales starts to be very material." The phone was only launched last month. But sales in some markets have been halted indefinitely because of faulty batteries catching fire while charging. The warning in the US is for now just a warning. Delta saying its studying the issue while other carriers are yet to comment. But some elsewhere aren't taking any chances. Singapore Airlines has banned the use of the phone during flights Following a similar decision by three Australian carriers including Qantas.