Now boarding: not anyone with a Galaxy Note 7, as Samsung’s smartphone is now illegal to bring onto a plane! Those who haven’t exchanged their Note 7 for a phone that doesn’t explode better not break the law or else they’ll face massive fines and a decade in prison!
The Federal Aviation Administration officially banned users from bringing a Galaxy Note 7 onto an airplane, according to The Verge, making it a federal crime to smuggle the explosion-prone device into your luggage. People caught violating Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order No. FAA-2016-9288 can be fined “up to $179,993 for each violation for each day they are found to be in violation,” and, if prosecuted, could see “imprisonment up to ten years.”
What exactly constitutes a “violation?” Well, a person boarding a plane annoy carry the phone “on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked baggage or as cargo.” So pretty much if you try to get this device on a plane, you’re going to get in trouble.
The FAA has even required airlines to “deny boarding to a passenger in possession” of the device. So if you want to make your flight back home for Thanksgiving this coming November, leave the Note 7 safely at home.
Though, the device won’t likely be “safe” at home. The Galaxy Note 7 experienced worldwide battery failure, which led to the phone catching fire and exploding. Despite recalls and replacements, the phones continued to catch fire. Thus, Samsung had no choice but to issue a total recall before discontinuing the Galaxy Note 7.
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Why did Samsung’s phone suddenly become Public Enemy No. 1 for all airlines? The phone uses a lithium ion battery pack for power, and the liquid within the batter is highly flammable. If the thin plastic layer between the positive and negative parts of the battery is punctured, the phone could short circuit and a zap of electricity could cause the liquid to catch fire, per C/Net. Early investigations determined that Samsung had a “manufacturing error” that squeezed the battery too tightly, coughing “negative and positive poles into contact.”
So, at this point, the questions Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users should be asking isn’t “how can I bring this on an airplane?” but “Why haven’t I returned this phone yet?” Samsung has set up a page (which you can find by clicking here) to see all the refund/return info regarding the Galaxy Note 7.
Are you surprised to see that bringing a phone onto an airplane is a federal crime, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think it’s a smart move to ban the Galaxy Note 7 from flying?