Airlines warn passengers not to use new Samsung phone on plane

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Fliers that have the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone have been warned by federal aviation officials not to use them aboard flights.

The Federal Aviation Administration is asking passengers to avoid turning those phones on and charging them while on an airplane. It also wants passengers to put the phone in a checked bag.

The FAA's warning comes after Samsung's recall concerning lithium battery fires.

The company stopped selling the Galaxy Note 7 and recalled more than 2 million of them.

The Note 7 is not the only gadget to catch fire thanks to lithium battery problems. They've affected everything from laptops to Tesla cars, according to safety officials.

The phones had been selling at a higher demand than expected, but then the reports started coming in that they were spontaneously catching fire.

Customers can now exchange the Note 7s for a brand new one, or a different Galaxy model along with a $25 credit.

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