Samsung to Face Destructive Ban by FAA Due to Exploding Note 7 Battery Controversy?

Sep 07, 2016 04:52 AM EDT | Jomar Teves


A week ago, Samsung recalled approximately 2.5 million smartphones after it was found that at least 35 of the gadgets had suddenly burst into flames. Make that 35 and counting. But don't worry, if you would like to bring your Galaxy Note 7 onto a flight, the FAA still hasn't decided whether it should ban the smartphone on planes. The agency is considering it, however.

Recently, the FAA finally told stated that it is still chipping away at investigating the issue yet there is still no final decision being made. Any official recall for a battery-powered gadget like this could imply that the devices wouldn't be permitted on future flights.

What the Ban Means for Samsung

"The FAA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are working on guidance related to this issue," a FAA representative told tech website Gizmodo over email.

"If the device is recalled by the manufacturer, airline crew, and passengers will not be able to bring recalled batteries or electronics that contain recalled batteries in the cabin of an aircraft, or in carry-on and checked baggage."

Samsung has sold around 1 million Galaxy Note 7 devices worldwide since the new model's release in August, and it is intentionally recalling around 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices that have been produced.

Defective Batteries Refunded By Samsung

Samsung is offering consumer's refunds and a replacement products item that the company says should be available in a couple of weeks. In any case, the gadgets are still available to be purchased in some retail outlets around the United States since Samsung didn't start an official recall with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

When reached for comment in the previous few days, none of the major US-based airlines had so far stated any plans to boycott the phones.

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