It seems like as each day passes we have new information to share concerning Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 situation and today brings a major announcement for remaining owners who plan to travel with the device.
Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued further comments on the situation transitioning from an initial FAA instruction to owners that they must “power down” their Note 7 when traveling on an airline to a concrete airline ban on the smartphone in all forms including on your person, in a carry-on, checked as baggage or even as part of an air cargo shipment.
After an initial recall was unsuccessful to remove a battery defect that accounted for at least 92 reported instances of random combustions of Note 7 devices during regular use, Samsung officially pulled the plug on their latest flagship smartphone earlier this week.
Many Note 7 owners who are happy with their purchase have vowed to hold onto it despite the overwhelming urge from Samsung and major media outlets (us too) recommending they get rid of the device as soon as possible. This move is necessary for the safety of all passengers and flight crew traveling through our country's airline system.
The ban officially goes into effect tomorrow October 15th, 2016 at 12PM EST.
We as a company STRONGLY urge any existing Note 7 owners get rid of their device ASAP and take advantage of the incentives of switching to another Samsung model or competitor. Keeping a phone proven to be dangerous is not only a risk to your health but also the well-being of your family, friends, neighbors, and general property.