DOT and FAA Issue Emergency Order to Ban All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From Air Transportation

DOT and FAA Issue Emergency Order to Ban All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From Air Transportation

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have issued an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 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.

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “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 and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) acknowledged this imminent safety hazard with the company’s September 15, 2016 and October 13, 2016 recalls. Additionally, on October 11, 2016, Samsung suspended the manufacture and sale of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device.

“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. “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.”

More details about the ban can be found below...

What air travelers should know
● If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, they will be denied boarding.
● Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident. Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.
● Passengers currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone. Samsung has provided guidance for customers about refund and replacement options, as well as how to contact wireless carriers, at [external link]. Samsung is also answering customers’ questions at 1-844-365-6197.
● If an airline representative observes that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Note7 device prior to boarding an aircraft, the air carrier must deny boarding to the passenger unless and until the passenger divests themselves and their carry-on and checked baggage of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device. Passengers absolutely should not pack the phones in their checked luggage.
● If a flight crew member identifies that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device while the aircraft is in flight, the crew member must instruct the passenger to power off the device, not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and keep the device on their person and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight.

DOT and FAA Issue Emergency Order to Ban All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From Air Transportation

Dazaa - October 17, 2016 at 7:56pm
If I see you on my flight with a Note 7, you'll wish you never boarded seriously.
Great! - October 15, 2016 at 1:16pm
So how is anyone supposed to return the phone if it cannot be shipped by air cargo? Use a ship? What if they disallow that as well?
Gabe - October 15, 2016 at 10:21am
This is just looking worse and worse for Samsung every day. Lol
ottifant - October 15, 2016 at 2:39am
the DOT and FAA and all other similar organizations around the world should ban any phone or other device without interchangeable batteries from any transportation. Then this crap idea would finally come to it's deserved end.
Ritard - October 15, 2016 at 1:42pm
a jealous one here!!!
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