UAE, Qatar airlines ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as checked-in baggage

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Major airlines in UAE and Qatar have imposed restrictions on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as a “device in checked baggage” following the recall of the personal electronic device, which are prone to catch fire.

UAE Travel Alert

Civil aviation authorities in UAE have banned the use of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 on all its national carriers because of the risk of batteries exploding in the “phablet” smartphone.

“The General Civil Aviation Authority has banned operating, charging and carrying in bags the Samsung Note 7 on board national carriers’ flights,” it said in a statement carried by the official WAM news agency on Saturday, September 10.

Samsung last week suspended sales of its latest flagship smartphone and announced a recall of 2.5 million units already sold, after faulty batteries caused some handsets to explode during charging.

Qatar Airways travel alert

In a travel alert issued on Saturday, Qatar Airways said, “Following the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 personal electronic device, passengers that own these devices are requested to keep them switched off and unplugged during flight. In addition, we are unable to accept this device in checked baggage. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”

Following reports that the phones’ batteries have combusted during charging and normal use, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was working on an official recall of the devices and that users should turn them off in the meantime.

Samsung Electronics said it was working with the agency and asked customers to immediately turn in their Note 7 phones. It voluntarily issued a recall last week for 10 markets, including South Korea and the United States, and said it was expediting shipments of replacement phones to customers in the United States.

Warning from other airlines

Some other carriers around the world have already warned passengers not to bring the Galaxy Note 7 phones on board.

Singapore Airlines, Australia’s Qantas, and Virgin Australia have announced similar bans.

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US and Japanese aviation authorities have urged passengers not to turn on or charge the large-screen phones on aircraft, while the US Federal Aviation Administration has told passengers not to stow the device in checked baggage.

Aviation authorities and airlines from North America to Europe and Asia have issued bans or guidance on the phones, Reuters said. On September 8, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said travellers should not use or charge them while in the air, or stow them in checked luggage.

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