Galaxy Note 7 fiasco: Here are all the airlines that have banned the Samsung device

So, if you or someone you know still owns the device, and we are hoping none of you do, here's the list of airlines that have banned the device.


After Samsung's failed attempt at reviving the Note 7, the company has finally pulled the plug on the device and is in a total recall phase. The company has been making frequent recalls, and in India it is also believed to be offering its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to Note 7 customers in order to appease them.

The company has even sent fire-proof boxes for the recall, which will be done only via ground mail, owing to airline safety reasons. Meanwhile, there have been reports around US banning the device, and slowly other airlines have also begun issuing out statements. So, if you or someone you know still owns the device, and we are hoping none of you do, here's the list of airlines that have banned the device.

Last month, a DGCA order had said "In light of the recent incidents involving battery incidents with Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices globally, traveling public and airlines are advised not to switch on these mobiles during the flight or stow them in any checked in baggage." However, we haven't heard any update on completely banning the device yet.

Last week, the order from the US Transportation Department and other agencies banned owners from carrying on the devices or stowing them in checked baggage during flights. “Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines,” the department said in a press statement. The agency said that the phones might be confiscated from passengers attempting to take them onboard, and that people found onboard with the phones might face fines.

Singapore Airlines, Air Berlin and Lufthansa were soon to follow and impose a ban on Note 7. While Lufthansa banned the devices only on flights to the US, it soon plans a ban on all its flights. meanhile budget airliners have also begun issuing statements. AirAsia had announced the ban, owing to passenger safety, and domestic airliner Vistara is the next to follow.

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Besides, the list includes some of the major carriers. Mirroring US's move, Japan has barred all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from airplanes. The announcement comes from Japan’s transport ministry, which means passengers on its major airlines like All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines will have to comply with the orders.

Dubai-based Emirates has already introduced a complete ban on the device, and Etihad even sent out tweets banning the device.

https://twitter.com/EtihadAirways/status/787650952178331648

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Korean Air is following the government guidelines that requires the Note 7 to be either turned off or only in carry-in luggage. However, there is a total ban on the device on its flights to the US, Canada, and HongKong.

Meanwhile, HongKong airport authorities are reportedly not allowing passenger to carry the device, neither in hand luggage nor in check-in.

All mainland China airlines have banned the Note 7. Cathay Pacific as well as Dragon Air have banned the device, and were quickly joined by Singapore Airlines. Taiwan's China Airlines and EVA Air have also banned the smartphones. The list of airlines calling for a total ban also includes Qantas, Asiana, Malaysia Airlines and Air New Zealand.

We will keep this list updated as more announcements are made.


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