FAA considers banning the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from flying on U.S. airlines

FAA considers banning the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from flying on U.S. airlines
As a rule, the FAA isn't in favor of allowing items on a plane that can go "boom!" The agency would prefer that airplanes stay in the sky until they slowly descend onto the runway of their destination. With that in mind, the FAA got together with the TSA and major U.S. airlines this weekend to determine whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 should be banned on flights.

Unless you were put into a coma for medical reasons, you are probably aware that a handful of Galaxy Note 7 phablets have exploded while charging, leading Samsung to halt shipments of the device. The company has also stopped selling the handset, and is exchanging units sold for other phones. U.S. carriers are exchanging sold models, while some who bought the device are playing Russian Roulette by continuing to operate the phone. This afternoon, we told you that an Australian hotel room caught on fire thanks to a Note 7. We also recommend that anyone with the device should trade it in right away.

Meanwhile, the FAA has yet to make a decision about whether to allow the Galaxy Note 7 to board a plane. Actually, what the FCC does with the device is largely up to Samsung. The manufacturer has not officially recalled the phone, as pointed out by Consumer Reports. If it decides to do so, government entities will need to get involved, and anyone selling the device can be criminally charged. If the Galaxy Note 7 is recalled, the device will not be allowed inside an aircraft whether carried by passenger or crew. The phablet will also be prohibited from entering an aircraft as carry on or checked luggage.


One million Galaxy Note 7 units have been sold since the phone launched in the middle of last month. Samsung has voluntarily recalled 2.5 million units. As long as the recall remains voluntary, it is up to each airline to decide whether the phablet is allowed on board its flights. If the FCC gets involved and decides to ban the phone from flying, all U.S. airlines will be forced to follow the decision.


source: Gizmodo

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41 Comments

21. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Let me guess...you also text while driving because you're a good driver, and haven't killed anyone yet right? I'm sure everyone on that plane would applaud your bravery.

2. ChickenDinner

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Airlines: Sir, you cannot board the plane with your 3 note 7's TechieXP: Yes I can, and here is why. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.....better than iPhone.... BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH....iSheep..... BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH...Benchmarks... BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH...real multitasking... BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. See? Airlines: You still cannot board the plane.

7. Rafishant

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Oh my god! You made my day.. I meant night ROFL ROFL ROFL

10. Rafishant

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Where is TechieXP?

14. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Busy in the long queue returning his 3 Note 7. Lol

46. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Maybe one of his Note's exploded in his ass

24. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

Truly lmao

39. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

http://mentalfloss.com/article/28695/6-levels-extreme-apple-fandom ChickenDinner, Rafishant, Johnnokia, samsungsheep all the endless trolling of one Level 7 Apple fanboy.

58. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL +20

20. MANOFSTEEL

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Ha Ha Ha, dude you killed him....lol.....!!!!!

43. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Dude, thats too short lol.

47. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This is greatest post ever

60. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

This was hell funny

4. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

As if they would know if it was a new replacement or the old one. They should ban all phones, tablets and laptops while they're at it. You're more likely to sit on you iPhone 6 and bend it causing the battery to rupture and explode.

6. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 147; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

TechieXP: I would rather do some time in jail than leave my Note 7 behind, so I am boarding with my phone.

12. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Thanks for covering the tip i submitted!

15. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Flew from Denver to Memphis it my Note 7 today.

17. Fona13A unregistered

I knew 9/11 was an inside job. Go f**k yourselves, inside job deniers!

23. ReticentHamster

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Goodness, fanboy wars all around. Isn't anyone going ro actually comment on the article? Anyway, I see the reasoning for disallowing the phone on planes, but would that actually gain anything? Haven't all the phones that have exploded done so only while charging? If so, I feel like banning the phone on flights would be a meaningless effort. If they can explode randomly while not on charge, then it may be warranted. Ironically, though, the percent chance of a Note7 exploding on a plane (0.0024% or less) is probably the same chance of any other lethal plane incident.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

There are charger outlets on planes you know, and one incident on a flight puts 100s at risk...

61. ReticentHamster

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Wow, I didn't even know planes had charging points. I obviously don't fly much. :) And you're right - there is a huge potential cost in life if just one incident occurs. As somebody below just said, now there is a report of a unit exploding without input from a charger, so I'm wavering in my "the percentage is low, it'll be okay" attitude. We'll see what happens.

30. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

True. It's not like they're incinerating under the same conditions as "hoverboards". Any Note 7 is 1000x safer than one of those deadly contraptions.

36. Deelron

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

The guy on Reddit today said the one he saw pop was not being charged at the time, for what it's worth.

27. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Lets just ban all planes from flying period lol. I hate flying.

28. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!! I made this joke last week about airlines banning the Note and boom, it happens. You can't make this stuff up folks!

29. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I don't see how a blanket ban can work - staff would have to check thoroughly which would put yet another delay in place at airports, all li-ion battery devices have the potential to catch fire or explode so where do you draw the line? I guess Samsung's own recall could help make the Note 7 easier to put on a ban list though, the best thing would probably be to ban charging of all electronic devices in-flight since that's when they're most susceptible to overheating.

31. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just some of their drama, to show that they care about this case, lol... chance of winning slot in first try is much bigger than getting faulty note7 unit, and chance for it to catch fire is even more low than that, and chance for it to combust on plane is practically 0... and for the worst luck, it won't really go "BOOM", it will just spewing out some toxic fume, just like all other li-ion.. and plane attendant has been trained to deal with this case (and it happened a few times in the past... and its not note7)

35. Fona13A unregistered

Friend zone denialists are the worst

41. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

No wonder note 7 was selling so well. A majority of them were being purchased by isis terrorists!

45. Exynos88

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 26, 2016

This is sad..but still i will wait for a replacement for my note 7. No smarter smartphone can outsmart the smartest. I hope mine wont go boom!

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