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Saturday, October 15, 2016
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Banned for Use on Aircraft by FAA – LAA/LUS
Yesterday it was announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a ban on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for use on aircraft due to faulty batteries that may cause a risk of fire while charging the device. The ban becomes effective today, October 15, at 1200 EST.
Customers will be asked upon check-in at the ticket counter if they are in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. If they answer in the affirmative, they will be asked to surrender the device or rebook travel.
The same process will apply if a passenger with a device subsequently makes it to the TSA check point or to the gate.
Flight Attendants will deliver the following PAs:
PA prior to door closure
“Due to a recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, the Federal Aviation Administration has banned these devices for transportation on board all aircraft. If you are in possession of this device, please notify a flight attendant immediately. Thank you.”
PA following door closure
“Due to a recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, the Federal Aviation Administration has banned these devices for transportation on board all aircraft. If you are in possession of this device, please notify a flight attendant immediately. The device must remain powered off, not connected to any power source and visible for the duration of flight. We appreciate your cooperation.”
If you encounter a passenger onboard with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 prior to door closing, please notify the gate agent so the device can be removed from the aircraft.
If discovered inflight, it is not necessary to confiscate the device; however, please ensure that it remains in plain sight and is fully powered off.
If you experience a battery fire in flight, please follow the procedures for battery fires in the Emergency Procedures section of the In Flight Manual, pages 2.5 – 2.7.
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