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US authorities have banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from all flights “to, from, or within the United States”. What’s more, the Galaxy Note 7 is now considered a “forbidden hazardous material”. It’s over, folks, and it’s time to admit as much.
The US Department of Transportation has banned the Galaxy Note 7 from American airspace. The ban, which comes into effect today (October 15), means you cannot transport the phone on your person, in carry-on luggage, or in checked luggage. And that applies even if your Galaxy Note 7 is powered down.
Upon issuing the ban, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said:
“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority. We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”
This is the latest twist in the ongoing saga of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The first shipment of handsets was recalled due to exploding batteries. And when replacements also started overheating, Samsung recalled them too, effectively killing the Galaxy Note 7 for good.
It’s Time to Dump Your Galaxy Note 7
The decision to ban the Galaxy Note 7 from all flights will not have been taken lightly. So if you’re one of those intent on keeping your Galaxy Note 7, please reconsider. Now, not only do you face being branded an idiot online, you also won’t be able to take your smartphone on vacation.
Oh, and lest we forget, there’s also that small-but-ever-present risk of your phone exploding in your pocket. Which could injure you, your family, friends, or innocent strangers. So, yeah. It’s time to accept defeat and dump your exploding Samsung phone for something less dangerous.
Do you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7? What do you intend to do with it? If you’re keeping it, why? If you’re exchanging it, what phone are you getting instead? What do you think of this decision to ban the devices from all flights? Please let us know in the comments below!
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