Scandinavian Airlines is banning passengers from using the new Samsung Note 7 smartphone on its flights because of concern about fires.
SAS spokesman Fredrik Henriksson says he expects “good understanding from our customers” to not use or charge one, or stow it in checked baggage.
Henriksson told The AP that it was a “ban, not just a recommendation” like the one issued Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration which said it can’t prohibit the devices until the Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a recall.
Singapore Airlines already has prohibited the use or charging of the Galaxy device during flights while others have said they would tell passengers not to check the Galaxy phone and to leave it switched off during flights.
The ban comes after Samsung recalled 2.5 million units of Galaxy Note 7 globally amid reports of its battery exploding while charging. The Korean smartphone maker had identified as many as 35 units of Galaxy Note 7 with defected batteries globally as of September 1.
Samsung has put out a statement on its website urging users to around the world to “immediately” return their existing Galaxy Note 7 and get a replacement. “Our number one priority is the safety of our customers. We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note7s and exchange them as soon as possible,” says DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.
“We are expediting replacement devices so that they can be provided through the exchange program as conveniently as possible and in compliance with related regulations. We sincerely thank our customers for their understanding and patience,” Koh added.
With Tech Desk inputs