Airlines and airports are beginning to crack down on explosive Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones. This was brought to the attention of many when New York Times reporter Mike Isaac tweeted that his airline verbally warned passengers to power off and stow the recalled device.
Airline just gave a verbal warning to passengers who own galaxy note 7: "due to recall, must be powered off and stowed. No charging."
— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) September 11, 2016
In a direct message, Isaac clarified that he was flying with American Airlines. Several others have said they’ve had the same experience on both American Airlines and German flight operator Lufthansa.
@MikeIsaac yup. Same on American this morning. Never heard anything like that.
— Beau Colburn (@beaucolburn) September 11, 2016
— Karthik Sridhar (@AntarYaami) September 11, 2016
Samsung has stopped selling the phone and initiated a “product exchange program”, that would allow customers to return their potential phone bombs. After being criticised for not issuing an official recall, Samsung now says that it is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The latest statement from the company puts things more clearly: “We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note7s and exchange them now.”
On Friday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an official statement urging people not to use the Note 7.
The Us Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has issued a warning to passengers in which it strongly advised them to not turn on or charge the phone during a flight. The United Arab Emirate’s General Civil Aviation Authority has banned the use of the device on the plane, as have Scandinavian Airlines, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and more. Pakistan International Airline “strongly advised” passengers not to take the phone onboard, “not even in their check-in luggage, as it may compromise aircraft and passenger safety”.