Emirates Airlines has banned the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone entirely from its planes over fears of its exploding batteries. Some other airlines have just banned the fiery phone's use during flight.
Dubai's largest Middle East air carrier said it was complying with the country's civil aviation authority calling for excluding the device, said Agence France-Presse.
Samsung stopped sales of the smartphone last week and recalled 2.5 million units that had already been purchased, noted AFP, because batteries in some devices have exploded during charging.
AFP said Etihad Airway, another United Arab Emirates carrier, had previously banned the use of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board its flights. So did the country's two low-cost airlines – flydubai and Air Arabia.
Three other airlines – Singapore Airlines, Australia's Qantas, and Virgin Australia – have instituted bans on the device as well.
The Associated Press said regulators in the United States have urged passengers not to use the Galaxy Note 7 on its flights, saying that they should keep the device off and should not be stowed in checked baggage.
Japanese aviation authorities have ordered a similar response.
Dubai's English-language news The National said authorities warned of carrying the Galaxy Note 7 inside luggage placed in the cargo hold.
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