All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to be banned on U.S. airline flights

All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to be banned on U.S. airline flights
Citing a person familiar with the decision, Bloomberg reports that the U.S. authorities will ban all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, powered off or not, from airline flights. Flight restrictions are extended to all 1.9 million Note 7 units sold in the United States, and the devices cannot be carried aboard aircraft at all. The decision will be formally announced by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration soon.

Samsung has already halted production of the device, whose problems with exploding batteries have been tied to hardware design defects such as an improperly optimized chipset handling the battery's fast charging feature. Owners of the Note 7 are urged to return it in exchange for another high-end smartphone or a refund.

While nothing is stopping those keen on holding onto the phablet from doing so, restrictions such as the one about to be imposed will make life with it harder for frequent flyers. Of course, the risk of fire hazard is an even greater inconvenience to deal with, hence returning the Note 7 is the most sensible thing to do.

Unfortunately, owners of other recent Samsung smartphones, such as the Galaxy S7 edge might face travelling hassles too, as the devices have a similar look and not all personnel will be fully aware that only the Note 7 is banned from flights, as opposed to, say, all "Samsung Galaxy phones" or "Samsung 7 phones" or whatever happens to be the misunderstanding. Still, proving that you aren't carrying a Galaxy Note 7 instead of an S7 or S7 edge shouldn't be too problematic.

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80 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

How will they check if it's Note 7?

2. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

It says "Galaxy Note 7" right on the back of the phone...

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Not all Note7 have the that label at the back lf the device. The best way to find out if it's a Note 7 is to check if it's got a stylus slot, or better yet, check the phone's model number in the settings.

14. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Really??? The note 7 has a distinct look and feel. And TouchWiz is different. If you don't know your phone is a note 7 you're an idiot lol

16. maherk

Posts: 6843; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah because flight attendants should know the difference between Grace UI and old TW versions, or know the difference between a Note 7's design and feel and that of other Galaxy devices. I bet you feel like an idiot right don't you?

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^ I second that. The flight's crew or those those doing the safety check may not know the UI difference, nor be able to figure out the similar design difference between the Note7 and the Note5. So, the best way to figure out a Note7 is to check the model number in the settings.

79. Bankz

Posts: 2542; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

And you think a flight attendant will know how to check it in the settings? well, It has the Galaxy Note 7 written right at the back dude..

75. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I actually don't feel like an idiot lol

19. KetchupsMustard

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

If you are a random person working in the airport, it might not be as obvious to them as it is to you. Does not make them an idiot.

27. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Up close it isn't hard tpntell them apart. I am sure they all will be schooled tp.understand the difference, so that people don't have to be held up. I don't fly, so this won't be an issue for me. Flying is for birds. If this wanted me to fly, he would have given me wings. After all, animals meant to fly, have them.

47. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Flying is for birds. If this wanted me to fly, he would give me wings." Do humans need wings in order to fly? "After all, animals meant to fly, have them" Sounds to me like you're implying that you're an animal... ? Very odd comment.

53. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Most people I know that works in I.T. do travel.

66. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

55. kevv2288

Posts: 294; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Which models don't have the note 7 label? Some carriers like verizon and at&t put their name in place of the Samsung logo but it still says galaxy note 7 at the bottom

18. maherk

Posts: 6843; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Mine doesn't, and it doesn't even have the duos branding although it is the dual sim model.

29. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

No they do not. In fact, none of Samsung phones have the name on them, unless you leave the white sticker on the back. I peeled mine, because I don't like the sticker, building on my skin protector.

3. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hopefully all Samsung smartphones in the nearest future.

13. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Now now, just cause Samsung makes phones with features that yours probably don't, doesn't mean you have to share your sour grapes with everyone. Apple will give you what you want...eventually...few years...many years down the road...or they'll just take more stuff away, who knows? You'll buy it anyway.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31021; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn lol. He didn't even have a comeback.

64. Unordinary unregistered

People think that if someone is out busy with life, you know - non basement dwelling activities, and unable to reply, that they have no comeback lol. Pro tip: not everyone refreshes the page every 12 miliseconds to check for a reply lol. He made one comment, which has some backbone behind it - Samsung STILL has ZERO (zilch, nada, nao, no) clue what the issue is and where it is coming from. This could happen to future phones. But someones feelings got hurt by a factually based statement and had to reply being a smartass lol. The fact that the US Goverment has banned it on all flights says something alone. Just my $0.02

69. iushnt

Posts: 3096; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Lol..You mad bro?

76. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Funny how Unordinary used to treat darkjedii as his bestfriend when dark is praising his iPhone 6S Plus, now he is going full techiexp on him in a Note 7 article LOLOLOL

61. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

They USED to make phones with more features, then they gimped it with the Note 5

81. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Now now you're being ignorant. I love android but don't like apple AND samsung. Just because he doesn't like samsung doesn't mean he favours apple. Don't be ignorant and think if it's not left it must be right.

30. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Here we see true hate. Yet no one calling this person a hater. But as soon as you say something about Apple, you have to be a hater. Dude...please just poison yourself already.

56. Fona13A unregistered

Hopefully you'll get banned from this site.

68. iushnt

Posts: 3096; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Why do you hope for that? Butthurt much?

4. acruzlu unregistered

When you board a flight are they going to search you or ask you what phone you have? They are not gonna ban all Samsung devices.

23. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2352; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I take it you have not only never flown on a plane before, but also have never been inside of an airport. There's a security screening (you know the metal detector you must walk through and the guy who waves his wand over your body) performed by the TSA that all passengers must go through in order to board a plane. I would figure at that point, they would be checking to see what device you have.

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