If you have traveled by air in the past few months, you may have heard this warning over the loud speaker prior to boarding the plane: owners of the Samsung Note 7 are advised to power down their phones until they have left the plane. Such advisements changed in October when Note 7 owners were banned from even stowing their phones on the aircraft. The devices have been prohibited on planes because flawed construction of the battery design causes the phone to overheat, leading to fires.
A report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission details Samsung's recall. As a result of faulty components in the phone, incidents have been documented in which the phones continuously charge without dissipating enough heat. As the phone cycles through charges, its high temperature causes the phone to melt, catch fire or explode. 92 reports filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission confirm issues of this nature. Of these complaints on file, 26 incidents of burns were documented and 55 reports of fires were recorded.