AirZim bans Sam­sung’s Gal­axy Note 7

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

NA­TIONAL air­line Air Zim­babwe has banned Sam­sung’s Gal­axy Note 7 smart­phone from its flights with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

After re­ports of Gal­axy Note 7 smart­phones catch­ing fire spread in early Septem­ber, a num­ber of air­lines around the world ef­fected a ban on the phones.

The Min­is­ter of Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural Devel­op­ment, Dr Jo­ram Gumbo, said fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions, Air Zim­babwe had also taken a sim­i­lar stance. “After con­sul­ta­tions by the na­tional air­line, it’s been agreed that we fol­low the global stance by other air­lines to ban the cell­phone in our planes for the safety of pas­sen­gers and our planes as well.

“Air Zim­babwe will to­day (yes­ter­day) start is­su­ing out state­ments or no­tices to that ef­fect so that our safety record re­mains in­tact,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the air­line, Air Zim­babwe’s proud his­tory hinges on its en­vi­able safety record, the ex­cep­tional skills of its pi­lots, tech­ni­cal and ground staff and its strong in-flight cus­tomer ser­vices.

The Gal­axy Note 7 smart­phone ban is meant to en­sure that it main­tains that record.

Sam­sung re­called around 2,5 mil­lion phones in Septem­ber after com­plaints of ex­plod­ing bat­ter­ies.

While it later in­sisted that all re­placed de­vices were safe, there were re­ports that those phones were catch­ing fire too.

The com­pany then said it would stop the production of Gal­axy Note 7 phones.

Car­ri­ers in Aus­tralia, Asia and Europe put the phone on a pro­hib­ited list in the past week, which comes after the US banned the de­vice last week.

The bans are spread­ing worldwide. —@pchi­tumba1.

that she was a gen­uine client and I gave her $150. She of­fered to leave the baby with me on the un­der­stand­ing that she was go­ing to col­lect R2 000 from her mother,” said Chivima.

She told the court that she be­came sus­pi­cious when her co-ac­cused took long to re­turn.

“I got worried when my co-ac­cused was nowhere to be seen. I then de­cided to go to the po­lice sta­tion to­gether with the baby and re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice, but to my sur­prise they de­tained me on al­le­ga­tions of kid­nap­ping,” said Chivima.

“I’m a sin­gle mother of five and why would I kid­nap some­one’s child, es­pe­cially a stranger for that mat­ter? This is a fab­ri­cated story by my co-ac­cused who wants to cover up for de­fraud­ing me of my money.” — @mash­nets

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