October 17, 2016

FAA safety advice – Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Following a number of incidents of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has warned aircraft passengers not to turn these devices on when flying, and some private charter operators are now prohibiting them from being taken onboard the aircraft altogether.

The risks of flying with lithium-ion-powered devices have long been discussed in the aviation industry, and millions of these devices are used onboard each day without incident.

But Samsung has begun a global replacement program for the Galaxy Note 7 “as a precautionary measure due to a battery cell issue”. The company noted that there have been 35 cases of fires globally since 1st September and has now stopped selling the device.

So far, there have been no reports of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 incidents on an aircraft specifically, but air passengers should be cautious.

We recommend our clients do not travel with this device, either on their person, in hand luggage or as checked baggage.

For further advice, contact us or speak to our Flight Team (24 hours) on +44 1747 642 777.

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