Australian airlines ban use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones after battery fires

September 9, 2016 4:35 AM

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Australian airlines ban use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones after battery fires

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Three Australian airlines have banned passengers from using or charging Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights due to concerns over the phone's fire-prone batteries.

Qantas, its budget unit Jetstar and Virgin Australia said they had not been directed to ban the use of the phone by aviation authorities, but did so as a precaution following Samsung's recall of the phones in 10 markets.

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