Australian airlines Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia have recently told, their passengers not to power up or in any case charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on planes.
“We are requesting that passengers who own them do not switch on or even charge them in flight,” as per reports.
The companies were not ordered to do so by the aviation authorities in the nation, but did so on their own accord in the light of the Samsung Australia’s recall.
The ban may get a lot wider, as the FAA is further reportedly considering its options.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
A spokesman has also said that “if the device is recalled by the manufacturer, airline crew and any of the passengers will not be able to bring recalled batteries or the electronics that contain recalled batteries in the cabin of an aircraft, or in carry-on and checked baggage.”
Samsung has already recalled the device, but it did not do it the usual way. Instead of arranging it officially through the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it is doing the recall itself.
Consumer Reports specifically called out Samsung for that move, and the CPSC further is considering making it more official.
Now, with the recall and the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 sales were stopped just two weeks after it was shipped, the ban would not affect too many folks.
However, there are still reportedly between 1 million and 2.5 million devices in the wild, and many people may wait to do the exchange.