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MTA asks riders to not use Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on trains, buses

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

There’s a new warning for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is asking travelers to not use or charge their phones while on board trains and buses, or in the station.

This warning comes on the heels of the FAA issuing a similar warning last week, and the news has travelers a bit nervous.

"I think that it's scary,” said Monique Wilson, who was waiting to board her train at Union Station in New Haven on Tuesday night.

Wilson said she has a checklist of things she thinks about when she travels, like “the whole see something, say something, someone leaves a bag, things like that, a passenger getting unruly."

The last thing she said she wants to have to worry about is a cellphone exploding near her.

"If someone is sitting next to me with the phone, I would not know and it can just explode on me and I’m unaware and now I’m injured,” Wilson said.

A massive recall is underway for the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.

A flaw in the battery has caused the phone to explode or burst into flames.

The MTA is asking anyone with the phone to power down and to not use it on trains and buses as a precaution.

“It's good, if it's a security measure then I support it,” said Mohamed Nasir.

"Even with my phone currently, which is the older model, I feel like at times that it is overheated, but it has a fast charge, so it does charge the battery quicker, but I haven't heard of my phone exploding, at least not yet,” said James Bravo.

So far there have been no reported cases of the phones catching fire or exploding on MTA property, but travelers say it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Samsung says it’s working on a software update that will prevent the phone from catching fire. The update would only let batteries recharge to 60 percent, which would prevent them from overheating.

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