Washington: US officials banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phones from airplanes on Friday.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) held meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regarding the fire hazard and banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 gadgets.
US official directed that anyone possessing Samsung’s recalled handsets while traveling by air may face fines and the devices would be confiscated.
Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant, has recollected all Note 7 phones, following the reports of numerous injuries because of exploding batteries and fires. The production of flagship handset has also been stopped due to this issue.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that the ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016.
According to the agency, the passengers possessing Note 7 will be denied boarding, in hand luggage or in checked baggage on domestic flights and international flights to or from the US.
Anthony Foxx said in a statement, “We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority.”
He also added that this additional step has been taken to avoid any in-flight fire incident because even one would pose a high risk of severe personal injury and put many lives at risk.
According to the agency reports, Samsung had received at least 96 reports of the US handsets overheating including 13 reports of burn injuries and 47 incidents of property damage.
Samsung has offered refunds or replacement of devices after facing this issue, and is paying an extra $100 credit to those customers who want to exchange the Note 7 for another Samsung device.