In case you've been living under a rock for these past few weeks, several units of the Galaxy Note7 have exploded. Not only was this enough to prompt Samsung to initiate a global recall of the Note7, but it also prompted several Australian airlines (Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia) to ban the latest S Pen-equipped phablets. Now, the Federal Aviation Administration, more commonly known as the FAA, has issued an official statement.
"In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage."
Essentially, the FAA doesn't want people to even touch their Note7s. Even though this statement may seem a bit overboard (considering the percentage of Note7s that have actually exploded thus far), you have to keep in mind that the FAA has to at least have the appearance of concern regarding anything going wrong in a metal box filled with hundreds of people that's flying tens of thousands of feet in the sky. Considering that one apparently blew up a Jeep SUV yesterday, can we really blame them?