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Unfortunate timing, but Qantas says Wednesday's outage was not related to the latest global cyber attack.
Sean MacEnteereader comments 63 Share this story The Federal Aviation Administration is announcing new air passenger carry-on guidelines. Sadly, though, the authorities are not altering the terrorism-repelling edict prohibiting fliers from carrying on shampoo or other liquids and gels in containers larger than 3.4 ounces. The FAA, however, announced late Thursday that it will still allow you to bring your exploding Note 7 onboard—albeit with a few caveats. Samsung issued a Note 7 global recall last week of the 2.5 million units it had shipped amid reports that the phablet's batteries could explode or catch fire. In response, the FAA said it doesn't want you to use or charge the Note 7 while flying, and the agency doesn't want you to put the device in your checked bags, either. 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. Qantas, Jetstar Airways, and Virgin Australia have issued similar Note 7 advisories. Days ago, a Florida family's vehicle caught fire after a Note 7 left in the Jeep exploded. Enlarge / One of the extra-crispy Galaxy Note 7s after a charging accident. BusinessKorea Rechargeable lithium batteries are in many electronic gadgets. They can overheat and possibly explode—under a process known as "thermal runaway"—if they are exposed to increased temperatures, if they have a manufacturing flaw, or are damaged. Earlier this year, a UN agency called the International Civil Aviation Organization barred bulk deliveries of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes. Samsung said in a statement that "We are aware of the Federal Aviation Administration’s statement about the Galaxy Note 7. Consumer safety and peace of mind are our top priority. We plan to expedite new shipments of Galaxy Note7 starting from this week in order to alleviate any safety concerns and reduce any inconvenience for our customers." If you're still in the market for a Note 7, here's our review. For more information on the recall, click here.
Fears spark two-hour delay as nervous passengers disembark Australian airline QANTAS delayed a flight for two hours on Saturday after a passenger reported seeing a Wi-Fi network named “Mobile detonation device”. The passenger reported the network's name to crew, who in turn reported it to the captain of the 737, which was due to fly from Melbourne to Perth. The captain demanded that the offending device be produced, an order that apparently had no result. As the reason for the delay became apparent, some passengers asked to be let off the flight. QANTAS was only too happy to comply with that request, but retrieving the baggage caused further delays.

Crew were eventually satisfied the SSID posed no threat and the plane made it to Perth without incident, albeit a couple of hours late. QANTAS has recently installed in-flight entertainment systems that stream content over Wi-Fi and this report suggests the plane in question, VH-VXE, was upgraded to those systems in February 2016. Which explains why passengers were looking up Wi-Fi network names. ® Sponsored: Rise of the machines