Qantas has reportedly banned passengers from charging the new Samsung Galaxy Note7 in flight because of fears devices with faulty batteries could burst into flames.
It’s the latest in a series of alerts about mobile devices and batteries catching fire. Qantas has begun warning passengers not to adjust their seats if they lose mobile phones or other electronic devices while seated in flight, following an incident on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Los Angeles a few weeks ago, where a passenger’s mobile phone caught fire when trapped in a seat recline mechanism and crushed. See: Seat crushes phone and starts fire on Qantas LAX flight
With the new Samsung phone, the alert is more specific. Samsung is recalling the device after reports of the phones catching fire when plugged in to charge. In an alarming case in Perth, a man said his phone exploded as he was charging it in a hotel room.
“Following the worldwide recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 Personal Electronic Device (PED), we are requesting that passengers do not charge them inflight,” Qantas said.
Virgin Australia and Jetstar are reported to have taken similar action over the new Samsung Galaxy Note7.
Written by Peter Needham