The Department of Transportation (DOT) has banned Samsung’s troubled Note 7 smartphone from all U.S. flights due to the risk of fire and explosion, considering the devices “forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations.”
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What’s the Problem?
October 17, 2016 – The Galaxy Note 7 will now be classified in the same category as flammable aerosols, fireworks, lighter fluid and light-anywhere matches, according to the DOT.
The devices will not be allowed anywhere on a plane, whether it’s in your pocket, a carry-on bag or checked luggage. If you do try to fly with a Note 7, the phone can be confiscated and you may face criminal prosecution for evasion of a federal flight ban.
DOT said airlines can deny entry to passengers who try to board flights with the banned smartphone. If a person is found with one of the devices on a plane, the owner will be required to power it down and keep it “on their person” for the remainder of the flight.
“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,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Last week, Samsung announced that it had halted production of the Galaxy Note 7 following reports of replacement devices overheating and catching fire. The company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have teamed up to reclaim every single Note7 — including phones issued as replacements during the first recall issued on September 15.
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