The situation with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is going from bad to worse. If halting sales was not humiliating enough, the device has now been blacklisted by certain airlines. US air-safety regulators Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also taken the unusual step of singling out the Galaxy Note 7, and in a statement, has urged passengers to not carry the Samsung phablet onboard an aircraft. Also Read - Samsung reveals Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 features officially, S Pen support confirmedAlso Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
In a brief statement, the FAA said, “In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.” Though it didn’t cite any particular incident, WSJ claims that Samsung is in talks with the safety regulator to try and come with a solution. Besides the FAA, airlines like Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia recently issued a ban on passengers carrying the Galaxy Note 7 either in their checked-in bags or cabin luggage. Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in India
It’s not uncommon for airlines or safety regulators from banning passengers from carrying potentially hazardous gadgets onboard aircrafts. The hoverboards, for instance, quickly caught everyone’s fancy and were an internet sensation for quite a while, but their tendency to explode, led them to be banned by airlines. But this is by far the first instance of a mobile brand or a particular smartphone being singled out by airlines. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the new hoverboard, here s why
These bans come after multiple incidents were reported of the Galaxy Note 7 exploding when put on charge. Last week, Samsung finally acknowledged that there was indeed an issue with the phablet’s battery and halted production to put the device through quality control tests. The results of these tests led to the company halting production until the issue was solved. Samsung also offered to replace the Galaxy Note 7 units that were already sold. As per reports, the cost of recalling and replacing these faulty units could set the company back by over $1 billion. RELATED: Samsung officially confirms Galaxy Note 7 sale in India delayed due to battery quality issues
These issues and controversies around the Galaxy Note 7 couldn’t have come at a worse time for Samsung, now that Apple‘s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been launched. Pre-orders for Apple’s new iPhones have already kicked off, and the first round of sale in 28 countries will kick off on September 16. Both these iPhones are set to arrive in India on October 7, with prices starting from Rs 60,000. There is however no word from Samsung yet on when the Galaxy Note 7 sales are set to resume. ALSO READ: Should you buy the Apple iPhone 7?