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4 Australian carriers ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

As many as four Australian airlines have banned Galaxy Note 7 from all flights due to 'potential fire hazard'.

The ban by Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin and Tiger airlines came into effect yesterday.

Qantas, which also owns Jetstar, issued a statement advising its customers that carrying Galaxy Note 7 devices on-board wasprohibited on all flights due toconcerns regarding 'potential fire risk' from the device's battery after a number of incidents worldwide.

"The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage. Other devices are not affected," it noted.

Initially, the device wasallowed if it had been turned off and not charged during the flight.

Virgin Australia, which owns Tiger, issued a statement, saying: "The use of Galaxy Note 7 devices is currently prohibited on all Virgin and Tigerair flights and the complete ban announced today is an additional safety measure."

The ban has come after USDepartment of Transportation issued an emergency order to ban the gadget onall flights to and from the country on Friday.

Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, has stopped the production and recalled all Note 7 phones and replacements following reports of exploding batteries and fires.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 17 2016. 12:42 IST