Now it looks like the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also thinking of banning the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units altogether on any flights until the saga is resolved.
The agency said in a statement, “The FAA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are working on guidance related to this issue. If the device is recalled by the manufacturer, airline crew and passengers will not be able to bring recalled batteries or electronics that contain recalled batteries in the cabin of an aircraft, or in carry-on and checked baggage”.
But the agency also cleared out that no final decisions have been made as yet. This can be due to the fact that Samsung has recalled their phablets, in a what is one of the largest recalls of all time. The recall does not involve the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is essential before the FAA can officially ban the device from flights.
Earlier this week the Korean manufacturer officially addressed all their Galaxy Note 7 customers and asked them to leave their devices switched off until they can exchange it. They admitted that due to some problematic cells, the battery has a tendency to get superheated during the charging process, causing the device to combust.
“Samsung Electronics Australia advises all customers who use a Galaxy Note 7 smartphone to power down their device, return it to its place of purchase and use an alternative device until a remedy can be provided,” the company said.
“Customers who have purchased a Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung are entitled to choose a new Galaxy Note 7 or a full refund.”