USDoT Bans Galaxy Note 7 From Airplanes (Updated)

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Starting tomorrow (October 15) at noon Eastern, you will no longer be able to bring a Galaxy Note 7 on an airplane in the US. You should have already returned your Note 7 if you own one, but if for some reason you have not yet and try to fly, it’s curtains for you, buddy. 

According to a statement from the US Department of Transportation, anyone who possesses a Galaxy Note 7 “may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States.” That’s right, you are not allowed to check a bag with a Note 7 or ship it as cargo either. No Note 7 should be on any plane going forward. And you should fully understand why, so please don’t even try it.

If you do try to bring one on a plan starting tomorrow, you could have the phone confiscated or you may even face a fine. Should you go the extra mile to “evade the ban” by packing your Note 7 in checked luggage, you may be subject to criminal prosecution. This is serious, folks.

Also, if an airline representative sees that you are in possession of a Note 7, you will not be permitted to board the airline until you get rid of it. Again, just get rid of the damn thing, so we can all move on and fly safely without worrying about exploding phones.

If you have not yet returned your Note 7, you can find all of the instructions out on how to do so here.

UPDATE:  Samsung has issued the following statement in response to the USDoT news–

“Samsung, together with carriers, is working to communicate the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new order to ban all Galaxy Note7 devices in carry-on and checked baggage on flights. We have encouraged airlines to issue similar communications directly to their passengers. Any Galaxy Note7 owner should visit their carrier and retail store to participate in the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program now. We realize this is an inconvenience but your safety has to remain our top priority.”

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