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The FAA may ban the Galaxy Note 7 from being taken on board public aircraft

It looks like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is in the process of deciding whether to ban the Galaxy Note 7 from being taken on board aircraft following Samsung’s decision to recall the device after it found that a faulty battery was the reason for a few handsets exploding while on charge.

Obviously, the last thing you want is for your shiny new smartphone to catch fire while on board a contained airplane, which is the FAA is determining whether to take advantage of its right to restrict any battery-powered device that has been subject to a recall from being carried onto public flights.

It’s worth nothing that the FAA hasn’t come to a decision just yet as it’s still mulling over the details. However, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the handset poses a threat to flight safety. For this reason, I expect the Galaxy Note 7 to be added to the list of items prohibited on aircrafts in the very near future.

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DJNJ
DJNJ

Seems logical as it poses a threat similar to carrying a Hoverboard. A fire can be controlled on ground, But It’s a different story when it happens up in the air. However I don’t understand how they would determine whether it’s a Note 7 from the SDI batch or the new batch. If they just ban all Note 7, It’s going to cause a lot of inconvenience.

NextBigThing
NextBigThing

The Note 7 issue is only while connected to the charger, so I don’t think it is a serious threat.

eHoolie
eHoolie

The newer fleet of aircraft have USB A charging ports along the aisles and/or seats.

kmk
kmk

The most stupid step for them to do it. Did they Ban iphone.. No. Did they ban Nokia, NO…

OddaJeveln
OddaJeveln

Silly story just to get readers and comments. Samsung are fixing the issue why should then FAA ban them. Ridicolous reporting!

wellds
wellds

Blame FAA, not the person reporting this story.

eHoolie
eHoolie

Yes, blame the FAA for wanting to protect life and limb.

mar11974
mar11974

Has there been an instance of a Note 7 battery issue onboard an aircraft? iPhones have had several, are they banned by the FAA?

LeifS
LeifS

This doesn’t really make sense in my opinion. There have been so many burning batteries in the past so why should they ban a specific device now? Bad cables, cheap replacement batteries for phones, laptops and cameras, bad chargers / power banks. I think there is always a very low risk as long as long as there are electronic devices on board.

WP00
WP00

Unlikely. They’d have a hell of a time figuring out replaced, non-burning units with the old ones.

NotReallySamsungFan
NotReallySamsungFan

Yes. That is why they’d ban ALL Note 7 units.