US bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from flights

US officials are banning all Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from all flights amid concerns about the devices catching fire.

"Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States," the Department of Transportation said in a statement Friday.

The ban begins Saturday at 1600 GMT.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the step was necessary "because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk."

Samsung only began selling the phone on August 19, but said Tuesday it was discontinuing production following a global recall and multiple reports of some of the devices catching fire.

The 940-dollar device was aimed at the premium end of the market, where it was intended to compete with Apple's iPhone.

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