• Airlines ban recalled cellphone units on board

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    Two commercial airlines have banned the use and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on board flights amid reports that the smartphones were potential fire hazard. Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) enforced the ban based on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) directive on September 9 after a recall order by Samsung Electronics Company Limited. Reports said that its batteries and phone units have caught fire during charging. The passengers are advised against stowing the unit in any checked-in baggage but may carried it but switched off during the flight duration. The South Korean manufacturer said that users of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones subject to the ongoing global recall should turn in the units.

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