China Airlines, EVA Airways ban Galaxy Note 7 phones from checked luggage

China Airlines and EVA Airways have advised passengers not to turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones or stow the phones in checked baggage.
China Airlines and EVA Airways have advised passengers not to turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones or stow the phones in checked baggage. PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - Taiwan's two biggest airlines said on Friday (Sept 9) they were banning passengers from putting their Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in their checked luggage due to concerns over the phone's fire-prone batteries.

The decisions of China Airlines and EVA Airways come after the US Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday that it had advised airline passengers not to turn on or charge their Note 7 phones or stow the phones in checked baggage.

China Airlines said it also advised passengers not to turn on or charge their phones during a flight.