FAA Lifts Samsung Galaxy Note7 In-Flight Warning, Ban Remains in Place
If you think that something is missing in the pre-boarding announcement on your next flight, you may be right: Effective Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration lifted the requirement for airlines to make an announcement that the fiery Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is prohibited on board the aircraft.
The ban, however, remains in place.
The move follows an announcement by Samsung that 96% of all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have been returned.
The FAA said that it was discontinuing the announcement because public awareness that the Note 7 was a fire hazard is believed to have reached “a sufficient level.” The agency cited extensive recall efforts by the manufacturer and mobile operators as having created a “high degree of public awareness of the ban.”
The Department of Transportation first issued an emergency order banning the Note 7 on October 14, 2016 after the smartphones began self-combusting and spontaneously exploding.
The order prohibits the shipment of Note 7 devices as air cargo and prohibits them on planes including in checked baggage.
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