Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets banned from airline flights in US
In a Friday announcement, the US Department of Transportation said that Samsung's problems-plagued Galaxy Note 7 handsets are being banned from all airline flights, from and within the US.
The ban - which will go into effect from Saturday noon, Eastern Time - is a result of several reported incidents of overheating of Galaxy Note 7 batteries, causing injuries to some of the owners of the handsets. The ban affects all Note 7 handsets, not just the devices from the first recall announced by Samsung in September.
In banning all Galaxy Note 7 handsets from all airline flights, the Transportation Department -- which issued the ban along with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration -- described the handset as a "forbidden hazardous material" under federal regulations.
The ban on all Galaxy Note 7s handsets from airline flights marks an expansion of an earlier restriction on the handset. Previously, the US regulators permitted airlines passengers to bring the devices onto planes, but the passengers had to power down the handsets or avoid using or charging them, or putting them away in checked baggage.
With regard to the ban, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: "We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers... We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk."