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U.S. bans all Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from airplanes
15 October 2016
Warning notice on Note7 devices before ban was issued (photo: mike / CC:by-sa)

Warning notice on Note7 devices before ban was issued (photo: mike / CC:by-sa)

U.S. authorities have banned  all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from aircraft over safety issues.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), issued an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States.
Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.  The ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET.

The order explains that a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device “may cause an ignition or a dangerous evolution of heat or become a fuel source for fire.” Samsung acknowledged this fact with the September 15, 2016 recall, Samsung’s October 11, 2016 announcement that it was suspending the manufacture and sale of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device, and the October 13, 2016 Samsung expanded recall covering all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices. Furthermore, persons have experienced incidents of dangerous evolution of heat with the recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device, also on aircraft.

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