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India aviation regulator lifts restrictions on new Samsung Note 7 phones
September 30, 2016 / 8:31 AM / a year ago

India aviation regulator lifts restrictions on new Samsung Note 7 phones

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has lifted restrictions placed on using and carrying Samsung Electronics Co’s (005930.KS) Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones on commercial airplanes, but only for devices purchased after Sept. 15, 2016, the country’s aviation regulator said.

A woman passes a Samsung Note 7 advertisement in Singapore September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), earlier in Sept., warned passengers and airlines from turning on or charging Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones when they are on board or storing them in checked-in baggage.

Samsung has not started selling Galaxy Note 7 phones in India as yet, the company said in a statement, adding that it will only sell new devices in the country that will have a green battery icon to indicate it is safe to charge and use on a flight.

The restrictions will continue to apply on Galaxy Note 7 phones that were purchased before Sept. 15 this year, DGCA said in a statement.

Samsung recalled its Note 7 phones across the globe this month due to faulty batteries, which caused the devices to explode, when they were kept on charge or in normal use.

Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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