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FAA 'strongly advises' against using Galaxy Note 7 on airplanes

Federal agency asks travelers not to use or charge the devices, but stops short of a ban.

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The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday advised travelers not to charge or turn on Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 while aboard airplanes out of fear of fire or explosion, but the agency stopped short of officially banning the new device.

"In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage," the FAA said in a statement.

Samsung said Friday it is aware of the advisory and is working to correct the issue.

"Consumer safety and peace of mind are our top priority," Samsung said in a statement. "We plan to expedite new shipments of Galaxy Note 7 starting from this week in order to alleviate any safety concerns and reduce any inconvenience for our customers."

The federal agency issued the advisory less than a week after the South Korean electronics giant announced that due to a problem with its battery, it would halt sales of its new flagship phone around the world and would recall and replace those phones already sold. Earlier on Thursday, three Australian airlines banned travelers from using or even charging the Note 7 during flight.

Users have posted images and videos of charred Galaxy Note 7s on social media, saying the phones' batteries were exploding en route to customers. According to the company, 35 separate incidents have resulted in a Note 7's battery catching fire.

First published September 8, 5:45 p.m. PT.

Update, September 9 at 10 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Samsung.