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Air China latest among domestic carriers to ban use of Galaxy Note 7

AIR China today became the latest Chinese carrier to ban 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.

The nation’s flagship carrier also restricted its affiliated airlines from transporting Note 7s to ensure the safety. The airlines owned by Air China include the Beijing, Shenzhen, Shandong, Dalian and Tibet airlines, as well as Air Macau.

Shanghai-based China Eastern, Spring Airlines and Hainan Airlines Group have banned Note 7 mobile phones in the air.

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

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has also stipulated that “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 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.

The company and its battery supplier yesterday denied any battery problems with the Galaxy Note 7 sold in China, after two Chinese consumers complained their new Samsung models overheated and caught fire.

It only 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.


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