The Samsung Galaxy Note Flies Again… At Least in Spain

Oct 24, 2017

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Aviation safety is hands down the most important issue when it comes to air travel these days. And one of the biggest threats to passengers in the last year has been none other than faulty cellular devices catching fire mid-flight. The risk has become so great that after repeated incidents, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was eventually banned from all US flights back in October 2016. Even an ill-advised practical joke about the device — the naming of an airborne WiFi hotspot “Samsung Galaxy Note 7” — nearly led to a flight being diverted.

Ever since this product design disaster, which led to a recall of the involuntarily self-destructing Note 7’s, Samsung has been trying to earn customers back. Now, a year after the ban, the Galaxy Note is flying again. Well, the Galaxy Note 8 anyway.

On Iberia flight #514 from Madrid (MAD) to A Coruña (LCG) early Monday morning, Samsung surprised a plane full of passengers with free Galaxy Note 8’s. It’s reported that 200 passengers received new phones. (However, flight data shows that a 162-seat Iberia Airbus A320 was used for this flight). Celestino García, Corporate Vice President of Samsung Spain, was even along for the ride, taking selfies with the overjoyed passengers:

The specially-designed boxes came with a message that roughly translates to: “A year ago we asked you to turn it off. Today, we welcome you on board.” In a tweet from Samsung’s Spain account, the company added, “At Samsung, if we fall we not only get up, we learn to fly:”

While the Note 7 remains banned from US aircraft, the Note 8 isn’t a prohibited item. So, passengers are free to bring their new Samsungs on board — for now.

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