Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned from all U.S. flights

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Oh, I feel so lucky! Purchased a Note 7 and saw in the news the next morning, that the Note 7 is being recalled. Haven’t even unpacked it yet. After waiting and waiting for days, I finally got my replacement Note 7 and started setting it up. About a week later all the news came in that even the replacement devices catch fire and that Samsung is recalling them now as well. Production of the device is stopped. Samsung and the service providers stopped also selling and exchanging the devices.

The latest and greatest about the Note 7 drama came today when the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released a statement about the ban of all Galaxy Note 7 flying onboard any aircraft.

The ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET.

Passengers are not allowed to carry it, put it in checked baggage or bring it as carry-on aboard any airplane in the U.S. or flying to the U.S.

If you try to travel by air and have your Note 7 with you, you will be denied boarding. I wonder how they will enforce it? Will they check at the gate every person’s cellphone or will the airlines just rely on the honesty of the passengers? Don’t try to “smuggle” your phone in any way aboard an aircraft. Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 device is considered a forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-185), which forbid airline passengers or crew from traveling with lithium cells or batteries or portable electronic devices that are likely to generate a dangerous evolution of heat.

note7_safety-recallAs far as I can remember, this is the first time ever that a cell phone gets banned from planes. Not too long ago, the so-called “hoverboards” were banned on planes because of issues with their batteries.

Lucky me, that I can bring you news directly from the Note 7 front. My device is now powered down and put my old crappy phone back in service. Yes, it’s also a Samsung, but the worst Samsung phone I ever had. The Note 7 was actually a pretty amazing device if you just look at the specs.

I am getting ready to return mine as soon as I get the fire-proof return box from Samsung.

Still, can’t make up my mind what phone to get instead. I am surely not trading it in for an outdated Galaxy S7 or any other Samsung phone. I want a top of the line and the phone should last me a while. I don’t want to replace it again in 2 months.

Right now I see only two alternatives, the Google Pixel XL or the LG V20. I want to have a hands on experience first before I make my decision. That means I have to wait at least until the end of the month.

I haven’t heard anybody talking about all the accessories suppliers. Besides Samsung, they will loose a fortune too. All the money they spend on R&D for developing accessories specifically for the Note 7 like screen protectors or cases. The Note 7 drama is bad news for Samsung but I am sure they can take that hit. However, other small companies are not that lucky. A Samsung rep told me, that they will only refund the money for the phone and not for anything else and that I should talk to the store I bought my accessories from.

If anyone gets unlucky and a shop won’t take the items back, we should sue Samsung. Because it’s basically their fault and they even lied to us when they told us that the problem is now fixed with the replacement devices. We should stand united against big corporations lying to us. I didn’t have any issue with the basic problem and that Samsung will offer replacements. As we all know – shit happens. But lying to us and probably trying to implement a cheap fix to keep the production rolling is not the right solution.



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