17:33 GMT09 August 2020
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    The US Department of Defense has banned the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on its aircraft, US Navy Reserve Forces Command said in a release on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Defense Department added that all passengers with such smartphones will be denied boarding.

    "Effective immediately: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is prohibited on all Department of Defense owned and controlled aircraft (including PE [Patriot Express] missions) in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation guidance," the release stated.

    On October 15, the US Department of Transportation ordered an emergency ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from all commercial air transportation in the United States.

    More than 100 Samsung Note 7 phones have overheated and injured some owners, prompting Samsung to issue recalls over what the Korean company has said is a battery problem.

    Patriot Express is a Defense Department-chartered aircraft transiting between Washington, DC-area airports and Ramstein Air Base in Germany.


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