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by Allen J. Sheinman | September 09, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration has warned air passengers not to use their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones while on board, or to stow them in their checked baggage, following reported incidents in which the devices have exploded and caught fire during or after charging because of faulty lithium-ion battery cells.

The warning, appearing on the agency's online "Pack Safe" page states: "In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage." 

This follows an earlier announcement from Samsung that shipments of the new phone have been halted, and the company is offering those customers already owning the device a replacement with a safer Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge model.