Airlines improve safety measures after reports of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units


Following CPSC's (Consumer Product Safety Commission) second recall announcement for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, many airlines have decided to improve safety measures to fight the threat of overheating mobile device batteries.

Delta Air Lines recently joined Virgin America and Alaska Air Group, which installed fire-containment bags in its cabins months ago. These bags removes completely attendants need to improvise locations on the planes to store phones or other electronic devices that might go up in flames.

In addition, Delta will be adding more staff training in the hope that they will better handle fire situations if the need arises. No less than 166 planes under Delta's flag will be equipped with two fire-containment bags each by the end of the year, while the rest of its fleet that doesn't include regional jets will be getting these bags by the end of 2017.

Southwest Airlines, the company reporting the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 incident earlier this month, said that it's very interested in adding fire-containment bags to its planes as well, but hasn't yet commenced the installation process.

These fire-containment bags cost between $500 and $3,000 each, depending on their size. The smallest ones are suitable for phones and similar sized devices, while others are meant for laptops and alike.

FAA recorded 129 incidents in the last 25 years, which involved overheating fire, smoke or an explosion on planes and airports. Of the total number of incidents, 23 were recorded just this year, while 16 were reported in 2016. If the trend continues, the situation might become worse in the coming years.


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26 Comments

1. RAV4CAD

Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

Does this mean note 7 is allowed on commercial planes?

17. Nopers unregistered

I doubt it.

2. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

dammmmmm daammmmmmmm daammmmmmmmmm "Good Times" circa 1976

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31603; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Baddest phone ever made, but also, the baddest phone ever made. Good luck in 2017 Samsung, I'll be waiting to see how you all respond.

19. acruzlu unregistered

It was the best phone they produces, I'll surely miss mine bro. I ended taking the s7 edge begrudgingly. I'll be back on the note team next year.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31603; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart move man, cause each one that's left out in the wild is a chance for injury. Each new injury case, is bad press for Samsung, and makes next year that much harder for them. I'm a huge Note fan, and hated giving mine up, but let it go. Next year they'll be back stronger. I'm planning to buy the next Note, and the iPhone 8.

21. acruzlu unregistered

It was my godson that made me make the choice. I loved my note 7, but love him more. The note series will be better and stronger, this only serves as a learning experience for both Samsung and consumer. I'll be buying it as well, but will more cautious when purchasing. If heaven forbids it happens to the next note taking my chances because purchasing a phone every year gets expensive after a while.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31603; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's wassup bro. I just hope they take their time, and get it right. I still can't believe all this happened.

23. acruzlu unregistered

Same here man. I'm still in shock that my note is no longer in my hand. I miss the 64gb storage, the usb type-c and the iris scanner. I pray they find out in the next couple of weeks what was causing the combustion.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31603; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I miss all that, plus the edge panels, themes, s pen, multi window multitasking, and a whole lot more.

25. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Chillax... it's just a damn phone.

27. acruzlu unregistered

You don't understand. You probably never had a phone that amazing and cutting edge.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6878; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Botched the 2nd paragraph... "These bags removes completely attendants need to improvise locations on the planes to store phones or other electronic devices that might go up in flames". Think you meant to swap places with "removes" and "completely". ;)

5. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Here to "Of the total number of incidents, 23 were recorded just this year, while 16 were reported in 2016"

6. Kumar123 unregistered

https://twitter.com/theMrMobile/status/787396949448110080 This is what happening to people because some monkeys still think it's OK to not return his/her note 7 and keep using it. I say you can kill yourself with note 7 but don't bring it to public places especially to planes where it was banned. At this point airlines should fine a huge amount of money to people who still secretly bought note on ariplanes. Effing idiots.

7. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I don't know why others still keeping that phone. Since the fires where starting I was embarrassed carrying that phone around, then when they said they are going to replace it with a "safe" one I decided to keep it since I already invested accessories on it but on the second recall I gave up not even taking S7 since there are similarities in name and looks also a downgrade for your money

11. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"I don't know why others still keeping that phone" Because some people simply enjoy watching the world burn......literally.

14. Kumar123 unregistered

You just have to read comment #9 to understand why those monkeys are still keeping that phone. I'll tell you what if that $hit happen to my flight I'll beat the $hit out of that monkey. Causing trouble for people simply because s/he loved his phone. Piece of 4hits.

16. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Because it's the best phone of 2016 and there is no other phone right now which could replace it entirely. Having said that i wouldn't risk it myself and return it.

8. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Yea that's super stupid, I loved my note but I didn't wanna risk the safety of my wife and kids

9. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So 1 note 7 and between 16 and 23 other phones this year...................pushing the s**t storm much iphonearena? And very interesting that the two airlines that already got the bags, got them before the note 7. So it looks like it was a problem before the note 7 disaster. Pushing the s**t storm much iphonearena?

10. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wtf did I just read?

13. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

You read that apparently only 1/24 fires on board airplanes are caused by the note 7. So apparently, this isn't just a note 7 problem. And you are also reading that those 2 airlines who got the bags, got them before the note 7 was released. So they must have seen the need before. So all these problems isn't just caused by the note 7, but mobile devices in general. But with all the s**t iphonearena has been writing during the last month, you should think only samsung had these problems....And then ofcourse brain dead sheep like you....

12. iFartarena

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

They should have these bags way before phones exploding.

15. acruzlu unregistered

Sadly I ended up returning mine. Flying to Dallas to visit friends in the next few weeks, and my friend told me i wouldn't be able to see my godson if i kept it. It's a great phone I'd still have if that ultimatum wasn't proposed. Samsing will come back stronger. I settled for the s7 edge.

26. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Wait wait...they didn't have these kinds of bags before this? So basically any smaller fire could be a disaster? sounds like a massive oversight.

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