US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on flights
Days after Samsung permanently ceased the production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, the US has banned the device from aircrafts after several reports of explosion.
Effective from today, the emergency order issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and other agencies will stop passengers from carrying the phone when they fly, even if they’re turned off.
Officials said air travellers may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: “We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority.”
“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,” Fox added.
Samsung Electronics had recalled millions of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports revealed that its battery catching fire.
However the company stopped producing the device recently after errors reported even from replaced phones, saying “for the benefit of consumers’ safety, we stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 and have consequently decided to stop production.”
According to government officials, the Note7 device is considered a forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations, but a special permit has been given to Samsung to carry out commercial shipment of the recalled devices by ground transportation.
Meanwhile, the company on Friday said it expects a negative impact of around $3bn on its profit over the next two quarters 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.