Pakistan International Airline today advised its passengers to not to use Samsung Note 7 devices on its flights, said a statement issued by the national carrier.
“In view of recent reports about Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, and the international warnings to airline passengers not to carry this smartphone during flights, PIA passengers are also strongly advised not to carry it, not even in their check-in luggage, as it may compromise aircraft and passenger safety”, said the statement.
It must be noted here that Note 7 isn’t launched in Pakistan as of yet. Also that PIA flights — other that PIA Premier — don’t offer in-flight charging facility for phones.
Advisory was issued following the reports that count of Note 7 devices exploded during charging. It even burnt a jeep in one instance when phone exploded and put the vehicle on fire.
PIA isn’t the the only airliner that has banned Note 7 on flights, earlier UAE, India, Australia and various other countries banned the usage of Note 7 devices on all national airlines.
It maybe recalled that Samsung issued a worldwide recall for all Note 7 devices where it was launched, and delayed the launch date for other markets.
Samsung Pakistan also delayed the launch date of Note 7 in Pakistan and halted the pre-orders.
Samsung said that it is working on fixing the issue that was primarily caused due to a battery flaw.