BREAKING: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned on flights worldwide

The trade association of the world’s airlines, International Air Transport Association (IATA), has on Saturday placed a ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all flights worldwide.

The ban, which takes immediate effect, comes after Qantas and Virgin Australia placed bans on the device on all their flights.

The US had earlier on introduced a blanket ban on the device in the air.

The battery of the Galaxy Note 7 has been known to overheat and catches fire, with Samsung issuing a recall for about 2.5 million phones.

IATA, whihc regulates activities or airlines has decided on Saturday to ban the device completely from flights.

“The ban applies to devices being carried on to the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage,” the Association said in a statement.

Initially, the device had been allowed if it had been turned off and not charged during the flight.

The US Department of Transportation issued an emergency order to ban the Galaxy Note 7 on all flights to and from the country on Friday.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is monitoring the situation in Australia but hasn’t enforced a blanket ban.

“If we need to take further action we will but at this stage we haven’t moved to actually ban them,” CASA spokesman Peter Gibson told AAP.

Samsung announced on Tuesday it was halting production of the Note 7 after some updated versions of the phones continued to overheat.

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