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Taking a Galaxy Note 7 onto an airplane is now a federal crime

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially banned Galaxy Note 7s from being carried onto airplanes following the CPSC’s decision to recall all variants after reports started to surface online of replacements bursting into flames, and now the authority has issued an Emergency Restriction/Prohibition order to make it a federal crime to fly with the device in the US.

The order, which is already in place, prevents passengers from carrying the handset “on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked in baggage, or as cargo.” Obviously, there’s likely to be a small number of cases where flyers are unaware and accidentally bring the unit onto an aircraft. If this happens, they must power it down immediately and hand it over to staff to be stored in a safe place.

As this is an official order, passengers who intentionally bring a Galaxy Note 7 onto a plane are “subject to civil penalties of up to $179,933 for each violation for each day they are found to be in violation (49 U.S.C. 5123).” They’re even liable to prosecution, which could “result in fines under title 18, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both (49 U.S.C. 5124).”

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Ard-sam
Ard-sam

I do think it’s a bit weird though. In absolute numbers the record holder of the amount of devices that exploded pre or during flight is Apple. If you don’t believe it, just google the reports on pre and inflight explosions of mobile devices. I do not think it’s bad decision. But I do think it is largely based on media-hype. Based on absolute numbers, any phone should not be allowed on board. This is a rule you can’t really enforce, as our economy thrives on communication. So what we actually need is in-flight procedures to deal with burning batteries.… Read more »

ehsasi
ehsasi

please give me one note 7 blue color i have note money for buying note 7 say to samsung Representation in iran give me one note 7 I do not care explode. because i love note 7 My dream is to have note 7 blue
this is my phone number for contact 00989118392667

gtone339
gtone339

What the heck man! Gone too far now world.

Wetwet26
Wetwet26

Every time I see a photo of the note 7 I wanna cry. It is the most beautiful phone ever. And this law is a stupid joke.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I have to laugh at this, it’s ridiculous to make it a crime. Why didn’t they make iPhones a crime when the police couldn’t access that terrorists iPhone encryption?!

jayandjay
jayandjay

Oh. Come one. Enough is enough.
No explosion news for 1 week.

Hey. Reporters! “Federal” means Russian federation?
I hope you add nationality on every news headlines.