Beacon Transcript – Following the product overheating of the new Samsung 7 devices, airlines from the U.S. and the world have decided to ban the presence of the devices on board of airplanes.
After a number of more than 100 reported cases of phones overheating and even fires, it comes as no surprise that Samsung Electronics has decided to recall its Note 7 smartphones. The Korean giant could face an economic backlash in the billions mark after their latest products misfired, and it seems they are not the only ones.
In an attempt to ensure public safety and a safe flight for everyone, both U.S. and worldwide authorities have decided to restrict the access of the faulty devices on board of its planes and also fine the passengers that could try to bypass the order.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administrations, the emergency U.S. order will prohibit even the presence of such a product aboard an airship.
The Note 7 products will not be allowed on board, not even if they are shut down. The fire hazards risk in the airship are too big to ignore with as a small fire incident could endanger all the passengers.
Those who chose not to respect the order and that try to introduce such a device aboard a flight, both in and out of a luggage, could also face fines and even a possible criminal prosecution.
As the Samsung 7 devices are now to be considered “forbidden hazardous material” on board, those trying to fly whilst in possession of such one device could face serious consequences.
As the airlines and concerned industry authorities received notice of the impending order on Friday, device owner will also be notified by Samsung, in collaboration with U.S. officials as the airlines are as well advised to notify their future passengers of the ban.
Measures meant to prevent possible fires had already been instated even before the impending ban, with device carriers being asked to power off their smartphones amongst others. They were also not allowed to charge their phones whilst aboard the plane or during flight, and could also not carry them in their checked bags.
As the new ban is to be introduced, passengers who decide to bring the devices with them or have yet to have been informed about the new law will be asked to deposit their property in an area specially designated for hazardous materials and will be able to reclaim them after the journey.
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