An exhibitor demonstrates the functions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. (Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

India Bans Use Of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 On Flights

India on Friday prohibited the use of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on flights amid safety concerns, according to a public notice issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The ministry has advised airlines and travelling public not to turn on or charge the said mobile during flights. This has been done in light of several incidents globally, involving the battery of Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Passengers have also been advised not to stow them in their check-in baggage.
Ministry of Civil Aviation Statement

U.S. air safety regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had on Thursday taken a similar step with regards to the device.

After incidents of the battery catching fire were reported, Samsung decided to order a recall of the product.

In a statement on its U.K. website, Samsung notes “...that there was an issue with the battery cell. An overheating of the battery cell occurred when the anode-to-cathode came into contact, which is a very rare manufacturing process error...”

Samsung will begin to replace defective handsets from September 19, the company said in the same statement.