All Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones have been banned from air transportation in the United States.
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 will be banned from all U.S. flights, whether as cargo or personal smartphone, as of Saturday, October 15, noon ET.
The ban was put in place by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) following the recall of the device and its tendency to explode unexpectedly.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) along with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other shipping agencies has issued an emergency order to keep the Samsung Galaxy Note7 off of any and all planes. This comes on the heels of more documentation of the phones exploding this week, some of which were replacement devices that were received after Samsung issued an unofficial, voluntary recall.
— TransportationGov (@USDOT) 14 October 2016
“The fire hazard with the original Note7 and with the replacement Note7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye in a statement. “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.”
DOT apologized for the inconvenience to passengers but emphasized the need to ban the Note 7, saying “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.”
My iPhone is the bomb your Samsung IS a bomb
— Anthony FUNconnell (@AnthonyOComedy) 14 October 2016
Samsung Galaxy Jazz… it’s all about the Notes that DON’T blow up.
— Mr. Lukas Kaiser (@thelukaskaiser) 14 October 2016
is that a Samsung Galaxy 7 in your pocket or did my presence light your dick on fire
— Bez (@Bez) 12 October 2016
Samsung also announced that they would stop manufacturing the product and encouraged Note 7 owners to turn their phones off and stop using them. By unintentionally manufacturing a smoke bomb, Samsung has lost $2.3 billion with the Note7.
Passengers who attempt to bring their Note7 devices on planes may face fines. Travelers who attempt to hide their Note7 in checked luggage “are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident” and face criminal prosecution, along with fines.
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