Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been banned from airplanes
The department of transportation said Friday that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been banned from airplanes — whether it’s turned on or not
— starting Saturday, Oct. 15 at noon, Eastern.
The phone will not
be allowed on the plane in any form; passengers cannot have it in
carry-on luggage or checked baggage on any flight that goes to or from
the United States.
Airlines have not allowed passengers to
operate or charge their Note 7 phones for weeks, as many of the
smartphone’s users reported that the devices were catching fire and, in
some cases, exploding. A smoking Galaxy Note 7 forced a Southwest
Airlines flight to evacuate earlier this month. A formal recall
followed, and Samsung has since discontinued the phone and offered full
refunds or exchanges to anyone who still has the Note 7.
But if there are any air travelers who — for whatever reason — haven’t
made the switch yet, they’ll have to be smartphone-free starting this
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“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience
some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must
take priority,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a
statement. “We are taking this additional step because even one fire
incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts
many lives at risk.”
The Transportation Department said that anyone who tries to take the
smartphone on a plane opens themselves up to the risk of having the
phone confiscated, as well as fines and “criminal prosecution.”
The release also says that passengers found with the phone may be removed from their flights.
ban also applies to having the phones shipped as air cargo — in fact,
the release specified that Samsung has had to get a special permit from
the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to even ship
the units by ground.
Samsung said that it is working with the Department of Transportation to get word of the ban out to all customers.
have encouraged airlines to issue similar communications directly to
their passengers,” the firm said in a statement. “Any Galaxy Note7 owner
should visit their carrier and retail store to participate in the U.S.
Note7 Refund and Exchange Program now. We realize this is an
inconvenience but your safety has to remain our top priority.”
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