Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones banned in US flights

October 15, 2016 10:25
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones banned in US flights

After many news about the explosion and damage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices have been  reported, people are now scared to even ue the device. In the latest updtae, the United States has announced a ban on the device on Flights.

The US Department stated that "passengers will not be able to take the phones on flights or in their luggage to and from the US from 16:00 GMT on Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had previously advised against packing the phones in luggage. Samsung permanently stopped Galaxy Note 7 production this week."

"We recognise that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.

"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 recalled "around 2.5 million phones in September after complaints of exploding batteries. While it later insisted that all replaced devices were safe, there were reports that those phones were catching fire too."

However the company then said "it would stop Galaxy Note 7 production."

"The fire hazard with the original Note 7 and with the replacement Note 7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall," said US Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye.

"I would like to remind consumers once again to take advantage of the remedies offered, including a full refund. It's the right thing to do and the safest thing to do."

"The Transportation Department warned that passengers who packed the devices in checked luggage raised the risk of "a catastrophic incident."

"Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines," the department said in a press statement.

The agency said that "the phones might be confiscated from passengers attempting to take them onboard, and that people found onboard with the phones might face fines."

In another statement issued late Friday, the department clarified that "owners who attempt to travel by air with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices would only be "denied boarding."

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday "the Note 7's battery can overheat and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazard to consumers."

It added that "Samsung had received 96 reports of batteries in Note 7 phones overheating in the United States, including 23 new reports since the Sept. 15 recall announcement."

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BY M.DIVYA SRI

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