Most Taiwanese carriers announced Friday that passengers should not use their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices in flight or put them in checked baggage, due to safety concerns over the smartphone's fire-prone battery.
The airlines include China Airlines, TransAsia Airways, Tigerair Taiwan and Far Eastern Air, following an announcement by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration the previous day that "strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices aboard aircraft and not to stow them in checked baggage."
Foreign wire services reported that as of Friday, Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines have also adopted the same policy.
EVA Airways, Taiwan's second-largest airline, was not yet decided on the issue.
The Galaxy Note 7 has been plagued by fires since it went on sale last month, and Samsung investigated the problem and found the culprit to be the battery.
As of Sept. 1, 35 of the phones had caught fire around the world, and Samsung decided to halt sales of the Galaxy Note 7 out of consideration for consumer safety, a Samsung statement said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel