“Safe” Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Catches Fire On A Plane

This isn’t good news for Samsung.

A supposedly “safe” Galaxy Note 7 smartphone caught fire on a plane today. That’s the same problem that caused that epic recall a few weeks ago. Here’s the deatails via The Verge

Southwest Airlines flight 944 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated this morning while still at the gate because of a smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. All passengers and crew exited the plane via the main cabin door and no injuries were reported, a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told The Verge. More worryingly, the phone in question was a replacement Galaxy Note 7, one that was deemed to be safe by Samsung. The Verge spoke to Brian Green, owner of the Note 7, on the phone earlier today and he confirmed that he had picked up the new phone at an AT&T store on September 21st. A photograph of the box shows the black square symbol that indicates a replacement Note 7 and Green said it had a green battery icon.

This is quite the PR disaster for Samsung. Plain and simple. One has to figure that there’s a bunch of people in South Korea trying to figure out how to extricate themselves from this. It will be interesting to watch what happens next.

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