UAE bans Samsung Note 7 phones on flights

Do not turn on or charge them onboard flights and do not stow them in checked baggage: GCAA

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has banned the use of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phones aboard flights operated by national airlines due to concerns over the phone’s batteries catching fire or even exploding.

Passengers are advised not to turn on or charge Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phones onboard the aircraft and not to stow them in checked baggage, Director-General of the GCAA, Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, said in a statement.

The announcement was prompted by recent concerns raised by Samsung about its new Galaxy Note 7 devices, after customers reported incidents in which the batteries caught fire or exploded.

Samsung is replacing all Note 7 devices worldwide after 35 reported incidents in which a battery flaw led to fires or explosions. (Wam)