FAA warns flyers not to use Note 7s on planes amid fire reports


— 2:01 PM on September 9, 2016

There's bound to be slack time after every product recall announcement where some affected owners haven't heard about the issue, and Samsung's recent Galaxy Note 7 recall apparently hasn't caught everybody's attention just yet. One Galaxy Note 7 owner has blamed the phone for burning his Jeep to the ground after he left the device charging in its center console.


A Jeep SUV burns after a Galaxy Note 7 owner purportedly left his device charging inside. Source: Fox 13 News

That's not the end of the bad news for Samsung, however. The United States' Federal Aviation Administration has gone so far as to issue a statement that Note 7 owners should not "turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft." They also shouldn't "stow them in any checked baggage." Given this news, existing Galaxy Note 7 owners should probably seek to get their devices replaced as soon as possible.

If you're one of those affected by this recall, or if you were hoping to buy a Note 7 at some point, details are emerging about how safe Note 7s will be distinguished from unsafe units. Samsung's Australian arm has released details of how it'll mark devices that are free from the potential battery issue that touched off this conflagration in the first place. Safe devices will carry a black square and a large "S" sticker on the label.

The Australian division will also be establishing an IMEI database so that existing Note 7 owners or prospective buyers of used phones can see whether their devices are affected by the recall. Samsung has set up a dedicated website with details of the exchange program in the United States, as well, though it's unclear whether the labeling or online database available to Australian customers will be coming to the United States.

   
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