The defective Samsung smartphones that were recently recalled due to safety concerns have now been banned on U.S. flights. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the order after Samsung announced that it was completely halting all production of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
The FAA ban was announced by the FAA and the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). It has already taken effect, so anyone who brings one of the recalled Samsung cell phones to a U.S. airport will be required to leave the phone behind or risk being turned away at the gate. (That’s because the phones can’t even be stored in luggage and checked in prior to boarding.)
When news of the defective phones first broke, the FAA initially indicated that passengers would be allowed to carry the Galaxy Note 7 on board flights so long as the phones were turned off prior to boarding. However, the federal agency took the drastic action of prohibiting the phones from being carried on board planes in any capacity when it was revealed that the devices can ignite and potentially explode even when powered down. Anthony Foxx, the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary, said in a statement that “the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority” over the convenience of a few passengers who wish to bring their cell phones onto the plane.
The popular devices were recalled by the company after numerous people reported that their phones suddenly caught fire while being charged. There was even a report of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire on board a Southwest Airlines jet.
For more information, read the Verge.com article, “The Galaxy Note 7 Will Be Banned from All US Airline Flights.”
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