Almost two weeks ago, the United States Federal Aviation Administration was considering its options on whether to ban the use of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, which has been making the news for catching fire and exploding. It later on issued a statement, strongly advising passengers to not turn them on or charge them on board a plane, and to not stow them in checked baggages.
And just after the US Consumer Production Safety Commission issued an official recall of the fiery Galaxy device, the FAA issued a new advisory on Friday September 16; and following that the administration has now officially prohibited the use of the Galaxy Note7 on aircraft.
U.S. hazardous material regulations prohibit air cargo shipments of recalled or defective lithium batteries and lithium battery-powered devices, and passengers may not turn on or charge the devices when they carry them on board a plane. Passengers must also protect the devices from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and must not pack them in checked luggage.
Furthermore, they issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) which urges airlines concerned to ensure that cargo and passenger processing employees, and those responsible for cabin safety, are aware of the rules, as well as cargo customers. Lastly, it urges airlines to include information and guidance on their websites about damaged or recalled lithium batteries and devices, which obviously is pointing to the Galaxy Note7.