The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned passengers to avoid using their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cellphone on aircraft or to even stow them in checked baggage.
The warning comes after yet another problem with exploding/melting batteries on Samsung phones and their latest model, the Note 7.
Samsung has plenty of problems with their cellphones getting extremely hot at times, which is consistent with my personal experience with two different models (most recently the A5) and media reports about incidents where devices caught fire in an explosive fashion.
Now authorities are ringing the alarm bell and even warning passengers to avoid using their phones on aircraft.
CNN Money (see here) reported about this recent development.
“In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage,” the FAA said late Thursday in the U.S.
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. …
It wasn’t immediately clear how major U.S. airlines would respond to the announcement by the FAA, which has previously warned that fires caused by the type of batteries found in cellphones can be very difficult to extinguish aboard planes. …
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 U.S. The company will replace them with new Note 7 phones. …
U.S. federal transportation rules permit the lithium batteries found in cellphones and similar electronic devices to be checked or carried on board planes. But recalled or damaged batteries are forbidden.
A comprehensive U.S. ban on using the Note 7 on airplanes could be triggered by an official recall on the product. Such a decision needs to be made by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which so far has not commented on the Samsung phone.
The article also mentions that authorities in South Korea have not issued any warnings after meeting with Samsung representatives who assured them that they are taking measures to rectify the situation through the announced recall. This doesn’t come at a surprise considering the significant influence Samsung and other conglomerates have in the country.
If you already own a Note 7 you might want to take advantage of that recall offer. As far as the restrictions of the use on board aircraft go, time will tell if authorities see themselves compelled to impose further restrictions that would result in a full scale ban of the devices on board.