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That was fast. Not a week after Samsung issued a recall for its lauded Galaxy Note 7 and the FAA issued a warning, American, Delta and United have implemented bans on operating or even charging the phones on their aircraft.
Out of Chicago this Friday, United agents at my gate to Boston made overhead announcements while screens above the boarding lounge flashed warnings. In Boston, American gate agents raised the same alarm.
At issue is a series of faulty batteries in the Note 7 that make them prone to overheating and explosion — a known issue with poorly made lithium ion batteries. To minimize the risk, air carriers — at least in my case — asked passengers to turn off phones affected by the recall during flight and leave them unplugged.
Outside of overhead announcements, however, there was little enforcement, suggesting that the ban isn’t being taken too aggressively. But if the phones continue to explode, that will quickly change.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s Note 7 Recall campaign is well underway. Even if you’re not a heavy traveler, it’d be a good idea to take part.
Social Quote of the Day
Courage is not removing the 3.5mm headphone jack, but it is Bypassing the security at the Airport & flying with a Note 7.
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