According to a report published by Bloomberg, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has officially issued a ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 on all aircraft, even if the phablet brought on board is not activated. Before, the FAA only released a warning to flight passengers, urging them strongly to make sure that their Galaxy Note 7 unit is powered down during flights. But now, the device is no longer allowed inside any airplane.
Samsung continues to deal with problems related to its troubled Galaxy Note 7 flagship device. A few days ago, the South Korean mobile giant decided once and for all to permanently cease all production and sales of its latest phablet offering, including replacement units that were shipped in the wake of its first recall of the device.
According to an official statement released by the Department of Transportation, the ban will go into effect on October 15th at noon ET. To make things clear, the government agency reiterated that the Galaxy Note 7 is not allowed on board any flight, whether it be carried by a passenger, in carry on, or in checked baggage, or even as air cargo.
Samsung has made a wise decision to immediately release a statement of its own. The company said that it is coordinating with the Department of Transportation in order to make sure that no Galaxy Note 7 is allowed any aircraft. Samsung also took the opportunity to encourage airline companies to issue a similar warning directly to their respective customers. Once again, the phone maker asked every Galaxy Note 7 owner to visit their wireless carrier and retail outlet in order to hand back their unit.
On a related note, the Associated Press has reported that airline companies such as Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have already begun stocking their fleets with fire containment bags in order to address the potential threat posed by overheating lithium ion batteries used in smartphones and tablet devices (not necessarily Galaxy Note 7) brought on board flights. The bags are colored bright red, and are reportedly made of fire proof material. They are said to be able to withstand temperatures of up to 3,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Over the last couple of decades and a half, the FAA has officially recorded 129 incidents that involved batteries that either smoked, overheated, or burst into flames in a passenger’s baggage or in cargo. So far this year, there have been 23 incidents reported. What is worrying is that this year’s number is already up from the 15 incidents reported last year.
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