WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation is ordering airline passengers not to bring Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on planes unless they keep them turned off and don't charge them during the flight.
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Passengers also must disable all applications that could inadvertently activate the phone, like an alarm clock; protect the power switch to prevent the phone from being unintentionally turned on; and keep the device in a carry-on baggage or on their person, not in a checked bag.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement that anyone who travels with the recalled device must take precautions to ensure its safe handling. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a warning to passengers about the phones last week.
Numerous cases have been reported of the phones exploding and catching fire.