Flight ban on Galaxy Note 7s

The Myanmar Times - - Business - AUNG KYAW NYUNT aungkyawnyunt@mm­times.com

THE fire-prone Sam­sung Galaxy Note 7 smart­phone is now pro­hib­ited on­board MAI and Air KBZ flights, fol­low­ing a spate of re­ports about the de­vice’s propen­sity for spon­ta­neous com­bus­tion.

The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion made the an­nounce­ment on Oc­to­ber 15, with the air­lines later con­firm­ing the de­vices would not be per­mit­ted in checked lug­gage, car­ryon or cargo. Sam­sung sus­pended sales of the Note 7 in Septem­ber af­ter re­ports be­gan to emerge about the com­bustibil­ity is­sue.

The com­pany has ceased sales and pro­duc­tion of the de­vice, and is launch­ing an ex­change pro­gram for con­sumers who al­ready bought the model. As part of the global re­call, Sam­sung ex­plained that faulty lithium-ion bat­ter­ies were over­heat­ing, caus­ing the de­vices to ig­nite. Some 2.5 mil­lion Note 7s were re­called world­wide.

Those in pos­ses­sion of the de­vice were ad­vised to al­low the bat­tery to run down, switch off the phone and turn it over at dis­posal points. Sam­sung Myan­mar is ex­chang­ing the Note 7 for the Galaxy S7 Edge, and of­fer­ing cus­tomer re­bates through KBZ bank out­lets.

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