Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways have all banned passengers from either using or charging their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board their planes over concerns their batteries could explode or catch fire.
The new ban introduced by the airlines follows Samsung’s recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which was launched in August this year.
According to a spokesman from one of the airlines, they are asking owners of the phone not switch it on or charge it inflight.
“Following Samsung’s product recall announcement, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices may not be used or charged on board Virgin Australia flights,” a Virgin spokesperson said.
Samsung Australia on Monday recalled 51,060 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, after its parent company found some of the batteries were said to have exploded or caught fire.
The South Korean tech giant has said there were 35 instances of Note 7s catching fire or exploding.
Samsung has sold around 2.5 million Note 7s around the world, with an estimated one in 42,000 units at risk of having a faulty battery.