Samsung's exploding Note 7 nightmare continues with replacement phonesThe safety of replacement Note 7 phones is under question after a reportedly new model caught fire aboard a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the evacuation of the flight.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to using Samsung phones, we got ourselves another Note 7 catching fire. This time on an airplane. But the burning battery was actually one of the supposed good replacement phones. Here's how the nightmare situation went down. According to local news reports, Reports a Southwest airlines flight at Louisville International airport was getting ready to take off when I passenger, Brian Green, powered down his Note 7. That's when the phone began making a popping noise and started smoking. He took it out of his pocket, threw it on the ground and then the Note 7 burnt through the carpet and. Smoke seeped into the cockpit, leading to the evacuation of the entire flight. I heard some popping that sounded like a Ziploc popping open. A Ziploc bag popping open. And looked around to see what that was. And there was smoke just billowing Pouring out of our pocket. At least it was before takeoff. The man confirmed to The Verge that he got the replacement Note 7 on September 21st and he showed a photo of the box that has a black square, it indicates the battery Supposed to be safe. Samsung is skeptical, but it was a new Note 7, saying that it is working with authorities in Southwest to recover the phone and confirm what happened. The problem with Samsung's batteries is not limited to the Note 7. Remember last month, a different Samsung phone, a Galaxy Core, Caught fire in the hands of a six year old boy in New York while he was just playing a game on the phone. But Samsung has not issued a recall for any other Galaxy models. Samsung recalled the Note 7 world wide due to the faulty lithium ion batteries. And the Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory. About not using the phone on flights. If you get on a plane with a Samsung phone, even if it's a replacement Note 7, don't be surprised if you get suspicious looks, or are told to shut it down. Because until we know why this guy's phone caught fire, how can you know for sure that replacement phones are safe? That's it for this tech news update, I'm Bridget Carey. You can stay on top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/update. [MUSIC]