Three Australian airlines ban Galaxy Note 7 use on flights

Three Australian airlines ban Galaxy Note 7 use on flights
Samsung's recall of some 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 handsets is underway across the globe. As you'll surely be aware, some units include faulty batteries that are prone to explode when charging. Samsung, along with numerous retailers and carriers, has been desperately trying to round up those sold prior to the recall, though for now, plenty of potentially dangerous handsets exist in the wild. As such, three Australian airlines have completely banned use of the device on commercial flights for the time being. 

The mobile industry is no stranger to a botched launch or several, but Samsung's predicament is considerably worse than most. Though it thankfully appears that no serious injury has occurred so far, new cases still seem to be popping up on a daily basis. Only yesterday, we reported on a story in South Carolina, where a man's house went up in flames after he left home with the Note 7 on charge. 

Though not forced to do so by authorities, Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have taken it upon themselves to prevent Note 7's use while flying. The device itself can be taken aboard but must remain switched off at all times. Moreover, the airlines have prohibited the charging of the Note 7 on planes, which makes sense given that all of the reported incidents have involved handsets connected to power outlets. 

The move is logical, though it's unclear precisely how it will be enforced. After all, the Note 7 is not wildly dissimilar to the Galaxy S7 edge, S6 edge, or S6 edge+, whose owners will likely risk having their experiences hindered while on board. Moreover, it's possible that owners of exchanged and supposedly 'safe' Galaxy Note 7 models will struggle to prove as much, save carrying the receipt. Indeed, barring a mass confiscation, it's hard to imagine how an in-flight crew could practicably stop only Note 7 owners from using their handsets.  

Australia seems to be taking no chances with Samsung's newest phablet. The nation's carriers have already halted Galaxy Note 7 sales due to concerns, and with airlines now clamping down on its use, Samsung's smartphone credibility has taken a particularly severe hit Down Under. 

Meanwhile in the United States, the FAA is considering its options. By the sound of things, the U.S. airliners could be subject to an outright ban, which would prohibit the device from flying irrespective of whether turned off, or even placed in with checked baggage. 

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

What if it were a replacement unit?

8. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And what about those made in China units that don't have the faulty batteries inside?

11. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

I really hate Samsung now. They sell the best ones always for China. Global market is for their second class products. f**k you Samsung.

14. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lol Its not like they knew the SDI batteries are faulty and decided to screw up the whole world except for China. It just that they had two suppliers, and it just happened to be that the non-faulty batteries supplied by TDK were going to be used in the Note 7s made in China. I just bought myself a made in China Note 7 2 hrs ago, and I should receive it on Saturday. The made in China Note 7 wasn't strictly released in China only, my Note 7 came from Italy for example.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol good post bro. Let's chat about the Note later today.

17. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

We will buddy, I ll definitely text you after midnight my time.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


21. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Doesn't the Chinese one have snapdragon inside?

22. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Only the T-mobile ones

2. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Call me stupid. But why not with iPhones too? Suddenly burning out of nowhere.

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I hate to defend Samsung but this article force me to say this. Australian are stereo racist, they can punch a random muslim girl on the streets, I'm not surprised they banned specific Asian product just because its explode while others do.

7. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Yup, they are double standard. Samsung note 7 only exploded when we charge it. But we all ready know iPhones can suddenly burn your things even they do nothing to the phones. I feel realy bad for Samsung.

12. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

A lot of Australia are deluded when it comes to Apple products, coming from someone who lives in the country.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Probably 'cause iPhones burning isn't making a lot of consecutive headlines at this moment. Once that happens, I'd expect them to do the same for safety of passengers.

10. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

If I remeber corectly, there is an article about iPhone explode on airplane or a lot of iPhones explode on your pocket. are they banned them? NO. Isnt iPhone 6 burning on a biker pocket last month from Australia too?

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

There are loads of incidents, but those incidents have weeks or months of separation, whereas these Note 7 incidents have just a few days, making them more concerning.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

The bicyclists incident happened because the phone caught fire after the guy fell off his bike and damaged it - not simply charging it even with samsungs own charger like the burned down house incident. The bicyclist himself said that he's not blaming Apple for this - as it was done due to damaged he caused to the device.

23. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Because the Notes are exploding at a consistent rate of several every day and the iPhones are about one a month. Samsung has also officially acknowledged the defect while Apple has not.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

Show me where iPhones are exploding once a month... Thanks.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That is false because only 24 actually exploded. So your claim is nothing more than an exaggerated lie. We already know the facts, SO WHY LIE. Show me a story where in the past 30 days, a single Note 7 exploded on each day. If you can show me such I will buy you one. Show me a new story showing a Note 7 exploded once on each day and I wll buy you any phone you want up to $1000. if you can't, then STFU and go troll somewhere else. I'm putting my money where my mouth is.

3. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

This is going to impact samsungs reputation for a very long time, I feel genuinely bad for them. This could of happened to any smartphone company.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Agreed. Being that flight attendants can't actually tell the difference between a Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, or Galaxy Note 7 this is going to lead to an all out ban on using all Samsung devices. This hysteria is going to lead to buyers flocking to other brands just to be able to use their phone with confidence. And being that Apple is the only other brand with cache this will lead to a record year of sales for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Wow, so that's the reason why Apple has great success - the failure of samsungs devices? Is that what you're trying to say?

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Airlines are being paranoid lately... The Note7 literally scares the hell out of them. Lol

19. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

For good reason.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really because a Samsung as far as I know had never exploded on a plane. yet several iPhone have. I bet I would use mine and I dare them to tell me I can't. I dare them!

16. mudcat626

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

You may want to keep them out of your cars also. On Labor Day in St Petersburg FL, a persons Jeep Cherokee burned up while he was charging his Note. Samsung is playing with lives. Somebody is going to get seriously injured if the government doesn't step in soon. This is not Korea where anything goes, that's what Samsung is used to......

20. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Ah yes, Korea...that lawless land.

18. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Normal decision. Personally I will accept to be near a guy who is using this exploding phone.

31. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Dang. What if they banned all phones? That would suck.

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