UPDATE: The US Department of Transportation, with the FAA and PHMSA, has officially banned the Note 7 from air transportation in the US. The ban is effective tomorrow, October 15, at 12:00 pm ET.
Now that all Galaxy Note 7 phones have been recalled and production has been discontinued, Samsung is working to collect all of the devices that are already out in the wild. Some folks might be tempted to hold onto their Note 7s, but if they do, they won’t be able to board a plane in the US.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) will ban the Galaxy Note 7 from being carried onto airplanes, says a source speaking to Bloomberg. This means that you won’t be allowed to bring a Note 7 aboard an airplane in the US, even if it’s turned off. The ban will reportedly take effect starting October 15.
There have been nearly 100 reports of Galaxy Note 7s catching fire, including 23 reports that came after Samsung issued its first recall. Some devices even started overheating after they’d been turned off, like the Note 7 that Brian Green brought onto a Southwest Airlines flight earlier this month. Because of this, it’s no surprise that the FAA and PHSMA have decided to ban the Note 7 from airplanes entirely.
Are any of you still using a Galaxy Note 7?