Yep, that’s right. If you’re a passenger, you need to ditch your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone before you can fly. No checking it, no powering it off. Leave that stuff at home…or perhaps in a fire-proof safe.
Right now Airlines have been mandated by the FAA to require passengers to power off the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. As soon as the aircraft doors shut, Flight Attendants are required to issue a warning to power off the device and anything that can cause the phone to turn back on, such as alarms ect. But the phones have been deemed so dangerous that as of October 15th, they are completely banned by the DOT from being on the aircraft, period!
Thanks for a giant step back, Samsung Galaxy Note 7!
I’ve been flying long enough to remember when all electronic devices needed to be powered down for flight. I can’t tell you how annoying it was to tell passenger after passenger to disconnect their beloved electronics before we took off. And now, in this glorious age, passengers can text via wifi and Netflix and chill until their hearts are content.
But now the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has shown the dangerous side of electronic devices that has always lurked. Lithium Ion Batteries aren’t a joke. One of the many things Flight Attendants learn in their extensive ground school is how to battle battery fires. They are the most lethal of fires to have on board because they continue to explode and reignite even after it has been temporarily extinguished.
So Samsung…I shake an angry fist at ye…Thanks for taking us back into the dark ages and endangers our passengers and our employees.
Last week one of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement phones caught fire on a Southwest aircraft. The plane was on the ground and had to be evacuated after the phone exploded in a passenger’s pocket, filling the plane with smoke. Can you imagine if this happened in the air? And that phone that exploded was a replacement phone!
From the DOT, “The Samsung Galaxy Note7 device is considered a forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-185), which forbid airline passengers or crew from traveling with lithium cells or batteries or portable electronic devices that are likely to generate a dangerous evolution of heat. PHMSA has issued a special permit to Samsung to facilitate commercial shipment of the recalled devices by ground transportation.”
Samsung is trying to do damage control, but don’t think your phone is safe to bring on even if its a replacement. Those are exploding too. If you have any Samsung Galaxy Note 7 do NOT travel with it.
Are you a proud owner of the exploding phone and still want to try to smuggle it onto the plane? Think again.
Here’s what’ll happen.
“Any person failing to compel with the Emergency Order is subject to civil penalties up to $179,933 for each violation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations. A person violating this Order may also be subject to criminal prosecution, which may result in fines under title 18, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both”
This huge fine is why passengers need to be educated when they travel. I know sometimes it’s easy to miss the news when life gets busy, but please, if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, be safe and get rid of it. And definitely don’t travel with it!
If you’re traveling the next week and you see a flight attendant eyeballing your phone, please cut them some slack, they’re just trying to keep everyone safe.
Everyone I know travels with their cell phone, relies on it, lives for it. I know that personally, I use mine for pictures, music, and the beloved Whatsapp while traveling international. Think you could travel without your phone?
Hopefully this huge safety meltdown with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 doesn’t cause airlines to ban the use of phones completely.
What do you think? Will the airlines move on without a hitch like the exploding phones never happened?
Safe Flying, Everyone!
The Luv Aviatrix
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