Several Airlines Just Banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Update: The FAA has released the following statement concerning the Galaxy Note 7:
In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.
I'm afraid we have some disheartening news for any Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners out there. Amid the disastrous launch of the Note 7, which included exploding batteries that caused the device to catch fire, multiple Australian airlines have, for all intents and purposes, implemented a ban on using the device during flight. Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia have all requested that owners of the device keep it powered off and not charge it during the course of the flight, which effectively prohibits the device from being anything more than just an expensive paperweight.
The ban comes on the heels of Samsung announcing a total recall of the device — but not in the way you'd think. Rather than going through the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the company issued its own recall, bypassing the consequences that come with doing so through the Commission. One such consequence could have been a total ban issued by the FAA that would completely prohibit the device from traveling with you at all — even in checked luggage.
Do any owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have upcoming trips planned on any of these airlines?