FAA Issues Official Warning For Passengers Not To Use Or Bring Galaxy Note 7 On Flights
Following on from a report regarding yet another exploding Galaxy Note 7, which this time is believed to be responsible for burning down a home in Horry County, South Carolina, and another case of a Jeep Cherokee being burned down, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an official warning over the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets on airplanes.
Some of those incidents have been relatively low-key, causing little damage to property or person, whereas others, like the aforementioned incident in South Carolina and the burning of a vehicle, has resulted in substantial damage to property. In light of this, the FAA has warned against turning on or charging a Galaxy Note 7 during the course of flights:
In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.
Samsung is in the process of recalling all 2.5 million devices sold worldwide, and even though the recall wasn’t actually issued through the Product Safety Recall Commission, which would have resulted in an immediate airline ban in the United States, the FAA clearly sees enough potential for issue to send this official warning. It’s also very notable that three individual Australian airlines have already taken their own initiative to ban the use or charging of the Note 7 on their flights.
The recall and exchange is undeniably the right approach for Samsung, but with each device costing around the $850 mark, Samsung has already seen approximately $7 billion wiped off its share value due to negative market reaction to the incident.