After US, Japan bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on airplanes
Japan has reportedly banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from flights, days after the US took a similar decision after several reports of its explosion.
The transport ministry of Japan ordered the airlines to ban the devices completely, updating its earlier decision that asked passengers not to turn on or charge the smartphones on aircraft.
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Saturday instructed the air travellers not to transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights.
However, it was not clear what penalties the airline operators might impose on those found carrying the phone on their flights, news reports stated.
Japan Airlines spokesperson said there have been no clear instructions on punitive measures, but the airline will have to confiscate it if the customer chooses to board with the device.
“We’ll act on a case-by-case basis,” he added.
After several reports of Galaxy Note 7 explosion, many countries have now banned the phone from all planes.
According to Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 13 people reported being burned by the devices globally, while the device damaged in 47 reported cases.
Samsung Electronics had recalled millions of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports revealed that its battery catching fire. The company recently stopped producing the device after errors reported even from replaced phones.
Samsung Electronics on Friday said it expects a negative impact of around $5bn on its profit due to the discontinuation of Galaxy Note7 sales.
South Korean tech giant had launched the high-end Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in August to compete with Apple’s new iPhone 7 in the smartphone market. The company said it plans to normalise its mobile business by expanding sales of flagship models such as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.