Sunday, 11 September 2016

Airlines ban recalled Samsung smartphones on flights

The air-travel industry is caught up in Samsung’s global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 following reports of the phone exploding or catching fire.
Fearing battery fires on board, the US Federal Aviation administration on 8th Sept warned travellers against turning on, charging, or stowing the Samsung Smartphone. Several Australian airlines—Qantas, Jetstar, Tigerair and Virgin Australia—echoed the FAA’s guidance and banned passengers from charging or using the phones on board. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Samsung both say people shouldn’t use or charge the Galaxy Note 7—at all.
Singapore Airlines and Etihad are also amongst small group of airlines to ban the Smartphone.
A ban on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would put pressure on security officers to quickly determine the make and model of prohibited phones , as customer could actually say “No, this is a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge” before confiscating them. The busy flight crew would have a similar challenge.

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