IAA issues warning over faulty Samsung device

IAA issues warning over faulty Samsung device

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The Irish Aviation Authority has issue advice to passengers following the recent serious incidents involving a Samsung smart phone.

The IAA, the authority responsible for aviation regulation and safety in Ireland, is “strongly advising” travellers who use the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device to switch them off if flying.

Samsung has already recalled the device following dozens of reports worldwide that the phones have been exploding in flames. Devices sent to customers as replacements have also been catching fire.

As a result, Samsung has asked retailers around the world to stop selling or exchanging the device while they investigate the cause of the problem.

Last week, one of the phones caught fire on board a flight in the US.

The IAA said today: “In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Irish Aviation Authority strongly advises passengers to power down and refrain from charging these devices on board aircraft.”

“Passengers are also asked not to stow them in any checked-in baggage. This applies to all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, including recalled and replacement devices,” the spokesman said.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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