Exploding Samsung Galaxy prompts FAA warning

The FAA is urging passengers to not carry their Samsung Galaxy smartphones on airlines due to an explosion hazard.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A major recall on a popular smartphone may affect how you fly; the Federal Aviation Administration is urging passengers not to turn on or charge the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 because of defective batteries that may explode or catch fire.

"That could be my pocket if it was prone to blow up," said Brandon Payton-Carrillo, who owns a Samsung phone.

The Galaxy Note 7 is arguably one of the hottest smartphones out right now, and it is literally on fire.

Samsung is suspending sales of its smartphone after finding some of the batteries explode while charging.

Nearly three dozen cases have been confirmed so far.

"I was scared then I realized it wasn't my model," said Payton-Carrillo.

Because of faults with the new flagship device, the FAA strongly advises passengers to keep the phone turned off in-flight, don't charge the batteries onboard and don't put it in a checked bag.

Those are all things Peter Vernacchio agrees with.

"Safety comes first, so if they're looking out for the safety of the public, it's fine to have something like that," said Peter Vernacchio.

Last year hoverboards were banned from airplanes because of the increased fire risk. Those same lithium-ion batteries are in the Galaxy Note 7.

"It's very scary because most of us sleep next to our phone, have them in our cars and in our homes," said Michelle Spain, Samsung cellphone owner.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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