Replacement Galaxy Note 7 Explodes During Boarding of Commercial Flight

By Michael Nunez on at

If you still have a faulty Galaxy Note 7 phone, please, for the love of God, go and exchange it right now.

Yet another Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone has exploded in a public place—an airport, in fact!—in the wake of an official recall from last month. The latest incident of an exploding Note 7 phone happened during the boarding process of Southwest Flight 994 to Baltimore at Louisville International Airport on Wednesday.

Officials say the Note 7 overheated as people were boarding the plane, and the smoke caused the entire plane to be evacuated. More than 75 people were asked to deplane including the crew members. No one was injured during the incident.

The Galaxy Note 7 caused minor damage to the plane’s carpet, where the phone was dropped. The incident comes in the wake of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) formally recalling 1 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last month. According to the CPSC, Samsung received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the US, resulting in 26 instances of property damage.

As Gizmodo has previously reported, it’s not that easy to exchange faulty Galaxy Note 7 devices. Our readers have written dozens of emails to me complaining about how difficult it is to exchange the device through third parties. In addition to facing difficulties getting the bad phones replaced, the Wall Street Journal reported that replacement phones are also getting hot. Our only advice to Note 7 owners is to get your faulty device replaced immediately, and at this point, you may want to consider selling the phone for something better like the Google Pixel or iPhone 7.

Image: AP