The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be banned from all aircraft in the US, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Friday, citing the severe safety risk posed by the fire-prone device.
The DOT order, issued in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration and Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, prohibits travelers from bringing the Note 7 onto an airplane, whether on their person, in carry-on baggage or in checked baggage.
The ban extends to flights to, from and within the US, and the phone can’t be transported as air cargo, either.
Effective beginning at noon Eastern on Saturday, October 15, the ban covers all Note 7s, whether original or replacements. Samsung halted production of the phone earlier this week, and is in the midst of second recall.
In response to the DOT ban, Samsung issued this statement:
“Samsung, together with carriers, is working to communicate the US Department of Transportation’s new order to ban all Galaxy Note7 devices in carry-on and checked baggage on flights. We have encouraged airlines to issue similar communications directly to their passengers.
“Any Galaxy Note7 owner should visit their carrier and retail store to participate in the US Note7 Refund and Exchange Program now. We realize this is an inconvenience but your safety has to remain our top priority.”
posted by ConnectMe