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CHINA yesterday became the latest country to act on Samsung’s Electronics’ Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones, asking passengers not to use or charge them during flights or carry them in their checked luggage after reports that they overheat while charging and explodes.

“All domestic airlines should remind passengers about the risks of taking Note 7 onboard and ban them from charging the smartphone on aircraft through their official websites or other channels as soon as possible,” the Civil Aviation Administration of China said on its website.

The smartphone is being recalled from global markets after reports of cars bursting into flames and phones combusting in people’s hands while charging. Aviation regulators in the US, EU, India, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Singapore have banned using or charging the phone in the air.

However, Samsung said the devices sold in the Chinese market were not on the recall list as the batteries were from another supplier. But yesterday Samsung said it had recalled 1,858 Note 7s on the mainland which were manufactured between July 20 and August 5 — before the official sales began. That batch of products “might have potential risks on the battery” and were supplied to customers through activities carried out by Galaxy Club website before the sales officially began on the mainland on September 1.

Airlines that transport Note 7s sold in the Chinese market have to carry out a risk evaluation and take measures to ensure flying safety, the administration said.

Shanghai-based Spring Airlines and Hainan Airlines Group became the first carriers to ban Note 7 mobile phones.

Spring Airlines has banned crew members and airline’s officials from carrying the smartphone in either carry-on bags or checked luggage.

“Flight attendants will ask passengers if they are carrying Note 7 during boarding, while making announcements to remind passengers not to use or charge them,” an official with the airline said.


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