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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Use Banned on All Flights in India

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India has become the latest country to ban the use of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 on all flights, after a spate of cases around the world where the phone’s battery has exploded.

“Airlines are advised to ensure the following for the safety of aircraft operations and its occupants: Not to turn on or charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone on board the aircraft. Not to stow them in any checked-in baggage,” the Government’s Office of Director General of Civil Aviation, said in a public notice on Friday.

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This means that the phone can only be carried in the cabin in switched-off state and cannot be powered on, or charged, for the duration of the flight.

Regulators in other countries including US and Japan have already taken similar measures.

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Responding to the development, Samsung India issued the following statement: “We are aware of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) notice. Consumer safety and peace of mind are our top priority. Galaxy Note 7 sales have not started in India, and we have delayed sales to alleviate any safety concerns. We plan to expedite new shipments of Galaxy Note 7 soon to reduce any inconvenience for our customers.”

It’s worth pointing out that Samsung has acknowledged battery problems in the Note 7 and suspended sales of the smartphone worldwide. Customers who have already received their Note 7 smartphones in some other countries have been advised to turn them back in for a replacement unit available in due course, or move to another Samsung phone of their choice.

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While Samsung never shipped the Galaxy Note 7 in India and postponed its release before it officially started shipping, it’s likely there are units out there purchased in other countries or via the grey market. Customers who had pre-booked the Note 7 in India have been offered freebies as appeasement.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has reportedly been involved in a series of fire-related incidents across the world, thanks to its exploding battery problem that has been acknowledged by the company. The latest reported incidents involved a jeep and a house allegedly set on fire after Note 7 units exploded.

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The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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