MANILA, Sept. 12 (PNA) — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is prohibiting the charging and use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on board all its flights, effective immediately, the airline announced on Monday.

This directive in line with the recall order made on these products by Samsung Electronics Company Limited.

“Findings showed that the Galaxy Note 7 batteries and phone units have caught fire during charging prompting the manufacturer to recall all units sold worldwide,” PAL said in a statement.

“Safety remains a cornerstone of PAL operations and as such, the flag carrier will be ensuring full compliance on board each flight and is seeking the full cooperation of its passengers,” it added.

PAL also noted that these devices are not allowed as check-in items, but may be handcarried for as long as these are switched off at all times.

However, all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units – whether used or brand new – will not be accepted as PAL cargo shipment.

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