‘Ex­plo­sion’ fear prompts cruise ban on phones

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - TRAVEL NEWS - Soo Kim

Ma­jor cruise lines, in­clud­ing Car­ni­val and Royal Caribbean, the world’s two largest op­er­a­tors, have banned pas­sen­gers from us­ing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on board their ships over fears of “dan­ger­ous ex­plo­sions” caused by over­heat­ing.

The de­vices were re­called last month fol­low­ing re­ports of faults with the phone’s bat­tery. One re­port de­scribed how a Jeep burst into flames when a smart­phone was left to charge in­side the ve­hi­cle.

Car­ni­val, which runs cruises in the Caribbean and Ba­hamas, said: “Guests and crew in pos­ses­sion of an ap­pli­ca­ble Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart­phone are re­quired to turn off their de­vice, dis­con­nect the de­vice from any charg­ing equip­ment, dis­able all ap­pli­ca­tions that could in­vol­un­tar­ily ac­ti­vate the de­vice and pro­tect the power switch to pre­vent its un­in­ten­tional ac­ti­va­tion.”

P&O Cruises asked own­ers of the Note 7 to avoid charg­ing or us­ing the phones dur­ing a cruise. “It is sug­gested that the cabin safe se­cu­rity box is used for stor­age,” it said.

Sim­i­larly, Dis­ney warned pas­sen­gers not to use their phones and in­stead to store them in the safe in the room.

Samsung last month is­sued a global re­call of the new model, which re­tails for £739. Own­ers were told they were en­ti­tled to a free re­place­ment.

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