It really isn’t the best of times for Samsung right now. More troubles have risen for the Galaxy Note 7.
While a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 is underway, the device has now been banned on all aircrafts and flights in the United States. As I’m sure many of you are thinking, those with the smartphone could simply just turn it off and take it onboard with them that way. No go reader, since even if the device is turned off, it will not be allowed onboard. Not even the replacement Note 7s will be brought onto a flight.
The Federal Aviation Administration originally issued a warning about not bringing the device onboard, but later with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, announced that flight restrictions to all 1.9 million Galaxy Note 7s that have been sold. Said restrictions went into effect today. The smartphone can’t even be shipped as air cargo and FedEx and UPS have stated that they will ship the phone via ground delivery.
A statement was released from the Department of Transportation about the ban. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said,
“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 inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”
Samsung of course issued a statement themselves that reads,
“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.”
Production on the Galaxy Note 7 was recently halted in light of more incidents of the phone emitting smoke or simply catching on fire. So before you head off to see Aunt Dottie and the rest of the family across the country this Thanksgiving, make sure to turn in your Galaxy Note 7 for a phone that is safe to take aboard your flight.
What do you think of the news? Is this the right call? Do you still own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Let us know in the comments below!