Airlines Can Stop Warning Passengers of Galaxy Note 7 Risk

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The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its requirement for Galaxy Note 7 pre-boarding announcements by airlines.

As of Tuesday, passengers will no longer hear warnings about flying with the unstable device that's prone to explode.

Samsung permanently ended production of the Note 7 in October, after numerous reports of the handsets catching fire and exploding. The Department of Transportation followed suit, classifying the phone as hazardous material and banning it from carry-on and checked luggage.

Now, thanks to "exceptionally high rates of participation" in the nationwide recall program, and carriers' move to brick remaining devices, the USDOT no longer demands pre-flight guidance.

"Together with our wireless carriers, we have taken aggressive action to limit the remaining phones' ability to work as mobile devices, further enhancing participation in the recall," the Korean manufacturer said.

In August, reports surfaced of the Galaxy Note 7 overheating, burning users, and, in some cases, exploding. Samsung issued a global recall of 2.5 million devices, and later delivered to stores 500,000 new, "safer" phones, which proved just as risky.

But while the tech company apologized and offered customers refunds, it still hasn't addressed why the handsets caught on fire in the first place. Instead, quality assurance firm Instrumental gave it a try, suggesting in a December report that design flaws—not the phone's battery—are to blame.

A teardown revealed that the Note 7 has so little space between the battery and the rest of its components that slight pressure, such as sitting on the gadget in a back pocket, could cause the polymer separator layers that keep the battery safe to come in contact with each other, causing the battery to explode.

As of early November, 85 percent of all recalled Note 7 devices had been replaced. That number grew over the holiday season: "We've had over 96 percent of Galaxy Note 7 phones returned to date," Samsung said.

If you've given up your Galaxy phablet but still want a Samsung-branded phone in your pocket, our recommendation is the similar, but safe Galaxy S7 Edge.

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