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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) cautioned passengers against carrying the newly-released Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on Sunday after reports that faulty batteries in the new smartphone caused some handsets to explode.

Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, said last week it was suspending sales of its latest flagship mobile device and recalling 2.5 million units shipped globally following reports of exploding “phablets” that dealt a heavy blow to the firm's reputation.

The national flag carrier's warning comes as other international airlines, such as Qantas, Virgin Austra­lia and Etihad, have also taken similar steps, asking customers to not to use or charge Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 during flights.

"In view of recent reports about Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, and the international warnings to airline passengers not to carry this smartphone during flights, PIA passengers are also strongly advised not to carry it, not even in their check-in luggage, as it may compromise aircraft and passenger safety," PIA Spokesman Daniyal Gilani said.

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Merchant Sep 11, 2016 01:22pm

Good safety move, well done

vistro Sep 11, 2016 01:25pm

Hope the prices go down

Muhammad Kamran Sep 11, 2016 01:54pm

Good step by PIA.

Syed Waqar Ali, Canada Sep 11, 2016 02:42pm

A very good and timely advise.

Vimal Sep 11, 2016 03:56pm

Those who are smart will never travel by PIA

Guy Sep 11, 2016 04:33pm

Seriously? Literally only 25-30 exploded worldwide from a total of several million

babar Sep 11, 2016 05:48pm

I would have been more impressed if PIA was the first to announce this measure . just copying others is no good!!

citizen Sep 11, 2016 07:55pm

One of the most responsible airlines. Amazing care for the passengers !

Ak Sep 11, 2016 09:47pm

@Guy this is because customer is king which is not evident in developing countries

Vivek (Indore) Sep 12, 2016 07:14am

News comes immediately after your neighbor banned this phone.

freddy Sep 12, 2016 11:16am

Excellent step by PIA. Better to be safe than sorry.

techscribe Sep 12, 2016 11:12pm

Good safety move by PIA. Other airlines should emulate it.