If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, you’re not going to be able to turn it on or even charge it on most airlines. After Samsung’s recall of over 2.5 million devices in 10 countries, due to incidents of them catching on fire, new steps are being put into place—similar to what happened with hoverboards. Reports indicate that one in 32,000 phones was made with a bad battery, that can blow up, either when charging or if you take it apart. To return/exchange your Samsung Galaxy Note 7, read Samsung’s Exchange Program.
According to CNN, the FAA said: “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.”
Qantas and Virgin Australia have already started telling their passengers not to use the Galaxy Note 7 Devices on planes and the U.S. airlines are expected to do the same. My friend Grant Martin (@grantkmartin) tweeted this on Friday night: “Gate agent in Chicago asking all UA pax to turn off Samsung S7 Note smartphones. Not messing around with this recall.” Expect others to follow suit.
However, one airline that said they don’t plan to restrict them is Korean Air, the main carrier in Samsung’s market of South Korea. Good to know: Here’s why the faulty Samsung Galaxy Note 7s phones are so dangerous.
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