A couple of days this ordeal “exploited” (pun intended) with Samsung‘s global recall of the Galaxy Note 7, but now the US government has now banned the device on all aircraft, even if they’re turned off.
Days before, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning to have passengers keep the phones powered down during flights. But now, you can’t even bring it on the plane at all.
Samsung has ended the production and sales of the Note 7 entirely due to smoke and fire incidents, which happened even to the “replacement” batch.
The Department of Transportation has issued a statement regarding the ban, clarifying that the ban is effective this Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon EDT. As reported, the Galaxy Note 7 is not allowed AT ALL, NOT you carrying it, NOT in carry-on or in checked baggage, or NOT even shipped as cargo. DEAM!
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Anthony Foxx, Transportation Secretary: “We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority, we are taking this additional step because even one fire incident in-flight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk”.
Samsung then (obviously), released their own statement, you know, damage control and all…
“Samsung, together with carriers, is working to communicate the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new order to ban all Galaxy Note7 devices in carry-on and checked baggage on flights. We have encouraged airlines to issue similar communications directly to their passengers. 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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