SAA prohibits charging of 'exploding' Samsung Note 7

SAA prohibits charging of 'exploding' Samsung Note 7

Sept 14, 2016: South African Airways (SAA) has banned the charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board all its aircraft effective from Saturday, following reports on battery explosion. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has taken note of recent reports of exploding Note 7 batteries and concerns raised regarding the device. "Moreover, the SACAA has also noted the announcement by Samsung to stop the sales of the Galaxy Note7, and the company's offer to replace similar devices already in customers' possession," SACAA said in a statement. Samsung South Africa on Thursday put a stop all pre-orders of the Note 7 in the country, amid 35 cases of faulty devices as reported by the company.Initial reports suggested that charging the device without the original charger led to the risk of exploding batteries.

Meanwhile, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has this week joined four Australian airlines in banning usage of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on board flights.

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