Airline businesses from around the world have banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone onboard. This means, passengers carrying this phone, won’t be allowed to board their flights, unless they agree to submit it to the airport authorities.
Samsung (KRX:005930) has been under a lot of attack, since one of these phones exploded in a domestic airline in the United States recently, causing an emergency. Passengers had to be evacuated from the flight because of the explosion and the resulting smoke it caused.
The phones have been banned on fears that a similar incident might happen in another flight as well. Note 7s have been exploding off late everywhere, and not just in flights.
The electronics maker from South Korea is currently conducting an investigation into the matter. However, early reports indicate that it could be because of overheating batteries. On flight, where the air pressure is low, the explosion can easily cause a fire.
US Bans the Smartphone on Flight
The United States was the first country to ban the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on flights. The countries’ Federal Aviation Authority issued a notification saying that it was very risky to fly with any device that can explode, even if it’s not an explosive. The authority also pointed out that this was against the regular flight norms as well.
The US was followed by Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Australia, and other airline carriers elsewhere in the world, including South Korea.
The transport ministry of Japan has imposed the ban on all domestic and international flights. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones of all travelers will now be confiscated on the country’s largest carriers, Japan Airlines, and Nippon Airways.
Among others to impose the ban are Asiana of South Korea, Cathay Pacific of Hong Kong, China Airlines of Taiwan, Air Berlin of Germany, British Airways, Lufthansa, Alitalia of Italy, Qantas of Australia, Virgin, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, AirAsia, EVA Air, and Jetstar among others.
A spokesperson of Australian airline said, “The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage”.
Samsung in Trouble
Samsung Electronics (KRX:005930) has come under a lot of pressure recently after their Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and washing machines too began to explode. In fact, the company has stopped production of the Note 7 until further notice, and said that their profits for the year are likely to come down drastically.