Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been banned from several airlines globally following reports of the devices catching fire, even though production for the device has formally ended. According to an AP report, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were 96 reports of batteries in Note 7 phones overheating in the country. Samsung said it received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with the phones.
The Korean smartphone giant said the recall of Note 7 will cost the company close to $5.3 billion in the current and coming quarters. Let us take a look at the list of all airlines globally that have banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7:
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has been banned from all aircraft in the United States. The US Transportation Department and other agencies have banned passengers from carrying on the devices or putting them inside checked baggage during flights.
Reuters quoted US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx as saying, “We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority.” According to the US department, anyone who tries to take the Note 7 on will stopped from boarding the flight given the safety concerns.
In India, Vistara is one of the first airlines to have issued an official ban on carrying of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on its aircraft, including in the check-in baggage. This ban comes after the earlier warnings were revoked for the replacement Note 7 phones which were thought to be safe. Sadly that didn’t hold true.
“Carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones is prohibited on Vistara flights, both in hand luggage and check-in luggage,” Vistara said in a tweet. However, the DGCA in India is yet to issue a formal ban on the Galaxy Note 7.
Malaysian airline group AirAsia has banned the smartphone as well, extending it to recalled and replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Galaxy Note 7 is prohibited from all flights operated by AirAsia Group, and the list includes AirAsia flights in India.
Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger airlines
In Australia, major airlines like Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger have all banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on their flights due due to a ‘potential fire hazard’. Australia is another country where the Note 7 went on sale, and even the replacement units were made available here. The ban is across Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices.
However, according to a Qantas statement other “Samsung devices are not affected.”
Virgin Australia, which owns Tiger, also issued a statement, saying: “The use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices is currently prohibited on all Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia flights and the complete ban announced today is an additional safety measure.”
Japan’s aviation authorities have ordered a complete ban on Galaxy Note 7 devices. Japan’s transport ministry had issued a warning earlier as well. The warning asked airlines to urge passengers not to turn on or charge the smartphones on aircraft. In Japan, airlines can confiscate Note 7 phones from passengers.
Air Berlin and Lufthansa
German carrier Air Berlin has banned Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 from its flights as well. “Rival Lufthansa said it had banned the phones on services to and from the United States and expected that soon the ban would apply to all other Lufthansa business,” said a Reuters report.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been banned from all flights of Singapore Airlines. Passengers carrying Note 7 will not be allowed to board its planes. Additionally the phone cannot be shipped as air cargo. Singapore Airlines says it will deny boarding to those who have the phone and insist on carrying it.
Italy’s Alitalia airline has banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on all flights. According to an AP report, the airline said in a statement it imposed the ban based on the US Department of Transportation’s emergency order “to guarantee maximum security standards.” Alitalia has banned passengers from carrying the phone into the cabin in hand baggage, sending it as checked baggage or air cargo.
With agency inputs