The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices from all flights to, from or within the United States. The ban, which took effect Oct. 15, is linked to multiple reports of the devices catching fire.
Passengers and airline employees are restricted from transporting the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on their person, in carry-on baggage or in checked bags. The ban affects all U.S.-based carriers. Many non-U.S. airlines also have adopted the ban (see list below), and more are expected to follow suit.
In a statement, the FAA and other agencies detailed what air travelers should know:
- If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, they will be denied boarding.
- Passengers who attempt to evade the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution, in addition to fines.
- Passengers currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone.
In addition to all U.S.-based carriers, the following airlines have adopted the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ban, as of Oct. 17:
- Air Berlin
- Air Canada
- Air France
- Air New Zealand
- Austrian Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- China Airlines
- EVA Air
- Garuda Indonesia
- HK Express
- Hong Kong Airlines
- Lufthansa on on U.S., Canada and Hong Kong flights
- Singapore Airlines