Cebu Pacific bars use of Samsung Note 7 on flights

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2016 11:11 AM | Updated as of Sep 11 2016 12:35 PM

MANILA - Airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) has barred the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units during flights, following an official recall of the fire-prone phones.

"In light of the recent recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices due to safety issues, Cebu Pacific advises passengers that the usage and charging of the device are prohibited onboard all CEB and Cebgo flights beginning today, September 11, 2016, until further notice," the airline said in a statement.

CEB added that Galaxy Note 7 devices must also not be stowed in checked baggage, but may be hand-carried as long as the device is turned off at all times inside the aircraft.

"We sincerely hope for our passengers' full cooperation, as the safety of everyone onboard our flights remains our utmost priority," CEB added.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. last week issued a recall last week for its latest flagship mobile device due to reports that the phones' batteries have caught fire during charging and normal use.

(READ: Samsung PH to replace units of Galaxy Note 7 owners)

For Samsung, which prides itself on manufacturing prowess, the scale of the recall, which covers 10 markets including the Philippines, is expected to be unprecedented.

Some 2.5 million of the premium devices have been sold worldwide, the company has said. Its shares closed down 3.9 percent on Friday.