U.S. bans Samsung Galaxy
Note 7 smartphones from air travel
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[October 15, 2016]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Samsung
Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices will be banned from aircraft in the
United States starting on Saturday at noon EDT (1600 GMT) under an
emergency order, regulators said on Friday after numerous reports of the
devices catching fire.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> scrapped its flagship Galaxy Note
7 smartphone on Tuesday because of incidents where the phones began
smoking or caught fire, dealing a huge blow to its reputation. The
decision came after reports of fires in replacement devices prompted a
new round of warnings from regulators, phone carriers and airlines.
The order from the U.S. Transportation Department and other agencies
bars owners from carrying on the devices or stowing them in checked
baggage during flights.
"We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience
some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must
take priority," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
"We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident
inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives
The Transportation Department warned that passengers who packed the
devices in checked luggage raised the risk of "a catastrophic incident."
"Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in
addition to fines," the department said in a press statement.
The agency said that the phones might be confiscated from passengers
attempting to take them onboard, and that people found onboard with the
phones might face fines.
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An employee checks an exchanged Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7
at company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 13, 2016.
In another statement issued late Friday, the department clarified that owners
who attempt to travel by air with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices would only be
The world's largest phone maker this week said it was also expanding a U.S.
recall of the fire-prone model to a total of 1.9 million Note 7 phones,
including the 1 million Galaxy Note 7s it recalled on Sept. 15.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday the Note 7's
battery "can overheat and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazard to
It added that Samsung had received 96 reports of batteries in Note 7 phones
overheating in the United States, including 23 new reports since the Sept. 15
(Reporting by David Shepardson and Diane Bartz; Editing by Tom Brown and Richard
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