“U.S. aviation safety officials took the extraordinary step late Thursday of warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smartphone during flights following numerous reports of the devices catching fire,” Joan Lowy reports for The Associated Press.

“”The Federal Aviation Administration also warned passengers not to put the Galaxy Note 7 phones in their checked bags, citing ‘recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung’ about the devices,” Lowy reports. “It is extremely unusual for the FAA to warn passengers about a specific product.”

“Last week, Samsung ordered a global recall of the jumbo phones after its investigation of explosion reports found the rechargeable lithium batteries were at fault,” Lowy reports. “In one case, a family in St. Petersburg, Florida, reported a Galaxy Note 7 phone left charging in their Jeep caught fire, destroying the vehicle.”

MacDailyNews Take: Not to mention the house in Georgia, the hotel room in Perth, and dozens of other potentially deadly incidents in countries around the world. Imagine one of these Samsung POSes exploding in-flight!

Rushing to beat Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to market doesn’t seem like such a great idea now, does it?

“Australian airline companies were among the first to take measures. Qantas has asked passengers not to switch the Note 7 devices on and not to charge them during flights, its spokeswoman Sharna Rhys-Jones said,” Lowy reports. “Media reports said other Australian airlines took a similar step, including Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This’ll probably negatively impact sales. (smirk)

But, forget about the FAA. The AAPA (American Association of Pyromaniacs and Arsonists) today wholeheartedly endorsed the use of Samsung phones.😉

If it’s not an iPhone, it’s an incendiary device cobbled together by a South Korean dishwasher maker.

Get a real iPhone.

Jeep charging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (left) and a Jeep charing an Apple iPhone (right)

Jeep charging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (left) and a Jeep charging an Apple iPhone (right)

 

Garage charging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (left) and a garage charging an Apple iPhone (right)

Garage charging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (left) and a garage charging an Apple iPhone (right)

SEE ALSO:
Beleaguered Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 destroys garage; home condemned due to fire – September 9, 2016
Beleaguered Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 destroys Florida man’s Jeep – September 8, 2016
Beleaguered Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 burns down garage; destroys Jeep in another case; airlines now banning potentially deadly device – September 8, 2016
Apple orders more parts for iPhone 7 amid Samsung recalls – September 6, 2016
Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 damages Perth hotel room – September 6, 2016
Beleaguered Samsung blows it in rush to beat Apple iPhone 7 to market – September 6, 2016
Apple stock up, may benefit from beleaguered Samsung’s exploding Galaxy devices – September 2, 2016
Beleaguered Samsung to recall 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 units over exploding batteries – September 2, 2016
Samsung may be forced to recall Galaxy Note 7 over exploding batteries – September 1, 2016
Samsung halts Galaxy Note 7 shipments due to battery explosions – August 31, 2016
Ben Bajarin: ‘Samsung will be out of the smartphone business within five years’ – November 2, 2015
Apple’s iPhone can soon reap 100 percent of world’s smartphone profits – November 17, 2015
Apple’s iPhone owns 94% of smartphone industry’s profits – November 16, 2015
Poor man’s iPhone: Android on the decline – February 26, 2015
Study: iPhone users are smarter and richer than those who settle for Android phones – January 22, 2015
Why Android users can’t have the nicest things – January 5, 2015
iPhone users earn significantly more than those who settle for Android phones – October 8, 2014
Yet more proof that Android is for poor people – June 27, 2014
More proof that Android is for poor people – May 13, 2014
Android users poorer, shorter, unhealthier, less educated, far less charitable than Apple iPhone users – November 13, 2013
IDC data shows two thirds of Android’s 81% smartphone share are cheap junk phones – November 13, 2013
CIRP: Apple iPhone users are younger, richer, and better educated than those who settle for Samsung knockoff phones – August 19, 2013