Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones banned on U.S. airlines
Airline flights within, from, and to the United States are banning Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which were manufactured by Samsung. The flights are under an emergency order announced on Friday, October 14 by the Department of Transportation in response to reports of said devices spontaneously combusting and catching fire.
Samsung has already issued a recall of over 2.5 million units of the smartphone due to a battery manufacturing error. One instance of this occurred when a Jeep owned by a family in St. Petersburg, Florida caught fire when a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was left charging in the vehicle. Samsung also encouraged owners of the defective smartphone to get a refund or exchange their phones by visiting a Samsung outlet near them. At least three American airlines are including new fire-suppression equipment on their fleets in the event that a cellular phone or laptop battery overheats and catches fire.
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