"In light of the recent incidents involving battery incidents with Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices globally, traveling public and airlines are advised not to switch on these mobiles during the flight or stow them in any checked in baggage," read DGCA order issued on Friday.

The aviation regulator clarified that a passenger can carry such phone on board in switch off mode and in cabin baggage. The DGCA order came after the global aviation regulators like the US Federal Aviation Authority warning passengers not to turn on or charge their phones because of concerns about the devices.

The unusual warning adds to the headache for Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone marker, as it scrambles to replace millions of Note 7 phones around the world.

Some international airlines have already taken steps to stop people from using the devices on their aircraft. Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia say they are telling passengers not to turn on Note 7s or charge them on flights.

Samsung said a week ago that it was halting sales of the Note 7 and would recall 2.5 million devices in 10 countries, including South Korea and the US. The company will replace them with new Note 7 phones.

Samsung was responding to dozens of complaints from customers that their phones had caught fire while charging. It said it had investigated the issue and found a problem with the batteries in a small number of Note 7 devices.

The embarrassing announcement came just two weeks after the flagship phone's release and days ahead of the unveiling of rival Apple's iPhone 7.

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(With Agency inputs)