Flight ban on Galaxy Note 7s
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.