In a public notice issued on Friday, aviation regulator DGCA has asked fliers to not turn on or charge the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The notice comes in the wake of several incidents of the smartphone’s battery exploding.
Director General for Civil Aviation B S Bhullar said in the public notice, “In the light of recent incidents involving battery issue with Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices globally, travelling public and airlines are advised to ensure not to turn on or charge Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone on board the aircraft.”
The aviation regulator has also advised the travellers and air carriers not to stow them in any checked baggage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was launched last month, but there have been at least 35 known instances of the phone catching fire or exploding while charging. Samsung has called for a global recall of all Note 7’s and is this is expected to cost the company billions of dollars.
The DGCA public notice is concurrent with the US FAA issuing an official warning about the phone today. The phone has not been launched in India yet, but since a lot of people buying the devices from foreign countries – the advisory has been issued. The order comes in to effect from today.
Flyers will not be allowed to carry their Galaxy Note 7 devices in their checked-in baggages, and will only be able to carry them in their hand baggage. The phones are meant to be switched off for the entire flight.
In a statement, FAA said that the concerns have been raised as to the safety of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices in light of recent incidents, and the aviation authority is advising passengers to not turn on their phones in flight or charge them. The also went ahead to say that Note 7’s should not be stowed in any checked-in baggage.