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FAA Issues Warning About Samsung Phones on Planes Due to Exploding Batteries

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    Ahn Young-joon, AP
    In a file photo from Sept. 2, 2016, a woman walks by an advertisement of Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphone at the company's showroom in Seoul, South Korea.

    The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday strongly urged travelers not to turn on or charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones while on planes, after a series of incidents involving exploding batteries.

    In a statement, the FAA also advised travelers not to stow the devices in any checked baggage.

    Samsung Electronics issued a recall on Sept. 2 for the roughly 2.5 million devices after reports that batteries exploded during charging.

    Three Australian airlines have already barred passengers from using or charging the smartphones during flights.

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    The recall resulted in a nearly $7 billion loss for Samsung's share value this week.