Malaysian budget airline AirAsia has prohibited the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone on its flights until further notice. The carrier has asked its passengers not to turn on or charge their Galaxy Note 7 phones while flying with AirAsia.
In an advisory about the decision, AirAsia said:
Following the recall of the Galaxy Note 7 mobile device by Samsung due to safety concerns over its battery, AirAsia and AirAsia X would like to inform all guests that the usage and charging of the device onboard all our flights are prohibited with immediate effect until further notice.
The statement continued:
All guests traveling on AirAsia and AirAsia X, who own the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device, must turn it off until disembarkation from the aircraft. The device must not be kept in any checked baggage as well.
Before AirAsia, several other airlines, including Australian Qantas and Virgin Australia have also banned the use of this phone on their flights. The South Korean company has already sold about 2.5 million models and now has to replace those it sold so far due to its battery being prone to exploding.
Malaysian Paralympians Gets Lifetime Free Flights on AirAsia
Malaysian Paralympic gold medal winner in men’s long jump T20 (intellectual disability) Abdul Latif Romly will now be able to fly free for with AirAsia for the rest of his life.
Abdul Latif, 19 broke his previous world record in this discipline with a 7.60 meters leap. He set his previous world record of 7.35 meters at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar in 2015.
AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes tweeted the following:
Third gold. And a world record. Well done, Abdul Latif. You have free flights for life.
Previously, two other Malaysian Paralympians, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli and Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi also won gold medals and were awarded with lifetime free flights by AirAsia.
Muhammad Ziyad set the new world record in men’s shot put F20 (learning disability), while Mohamad Ridzuan won the gold medal in men’s 100m T36 (cerebral palsy) dash with a new world record of 12.07 seconds.