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Galaxy Note 7 now banned from air travel

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Carmela Zoppi | 18 Ottobre, 2016, 00:14

Owners of Galaxy Note7s may not transport the devices on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked luggage, Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration said. Oh, and if a carrier does discover you have a Note 7, they have the right to throw you off the flight.

This follows an emergency order by the United States' Department of Transportation banning all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets from air transportation over or in the US and Canadian airspace.

Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Air Berlin and Lufthansa are amongst those who have imposed the restrictions.

Last week Samsung South Africa recalled all its Samsung Note 7 and confirmed all production on the defective device had been stopped.

In September, just weeks after the phone launched, Samsung and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a Galaxy Note7 recall after several reports of exploding batteries came to light. But it remained unclear how many consumers have continued using the phones despite the recall and warnings from safety officials to stop using them.

Carriers are also required to "deny boarding to a passenger in possession" of the phone, it added. Samsung is still continuing to work to identify the cause of its batteries catching fire.

The company offered replacement phones - but some of those burst into flames too.

The world's largest phone maker conducted a global recall last month citing faulty batteries, but it last week made a decision to discontinue its sales after some of its replacements running on different batteries also had overheating problems.

"We've certified over 1,500 batteries", he said. Malaysia-based AirAsia said it would not allow the devices on any of its flights from Monday while Philippines-based Cebu Pacific is planning a total ban from Tuesday.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said an emergency order banning the devices would take effect at 1600 GMT on Saturday. Out of the 12 million or so Note 7 orders, he says that Apple will be able to regain 50% of those users with the rest being split between Android manufacturers.

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