South Korea advises plane passengers to turn off Samsung's Galaxy Note7 phones

Those on planes have been advised to turn off their Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones. PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Transport Ministry said on Tuesday (Oct 11) that all Galaxy Note7 phones produced by Samsung Electronics should not be used or charged inside planes.

The advisory came after the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards said consumers should stop using Note7s, including replacement ones, following reports of fires in the devices.

Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, said it had asked all global carriers to stop sales of the phone and the exchange of original devices for replacements, while it worked with regulators to investigate the problem.

"Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note7 or replacement Galaxy Note7 device should power down and stop using the device," it added in a statement.

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