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The Federal Aviation Administration is âstronglyâ advising passengers onboard planes not to use Galaxy Note 7 cellphones by Samsung, which is recalling 2.5 million of the models after discovering a flaw in the battery cell that could result in fires.
In a statement on its website on Thursday night, the F.A.A. said its advice came âin light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsungâ about the phones. It also recommended against charging the devices onboard or stowing them in any checked baggage.
A company representative could not immediately be reached on Thursday night to comment about the agencyâs statement, which was an advisory.
The advisory was in keeping with the F.A.A.âs past statements. It has documented hundreds of cases involving batteries from e-cigarettes, laptops, digital cameras, cellphones, electric bicycles, flashlights, GPS trackers, drones and even a cordless drill catching fire or overheating on passenger planes.
In March, the agency issued a warning that lithium-ion batteries in a cargo hold carried the ârisk of a catastrophic hull lossâ on an airplane.
Samsung, the worldâs biggest maker of smartphones, announced that it would recall the Galaxy Note 7 and replace 2.5 million of the phones sent to stores and consumers. In a statement on Sept. 2, the company said at that point there had been 35 episodes involving the modelâs batteries.
Reports of the problem first emerged online, as consumers posted photographs and videos of the charred remains of phones they said had burst into flames, usually while being recharged.
Samsung said it thought the problem came from a âminute flawâ in the production of the batteries.