Those who were hoping to keep using their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 despite the global recall have one more thing to think about. Several major airlines have banned the device from flying, and that passengers must surrender their phone if they want to board the plane.
The announcement came shortly after the US Department of Transportation banned the Note 7 from all US flights. Prompting major airlines from other countries to follow suit. Both the Hong Kong International Airport and Canadian aviation authority (Transport Canada) have issued similar bans.
At the moment, the flying ban extends to at least eight international airlines. These are AirAsia, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Malaysia Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Air New Zealand.
This boils down to forcing all Note 7 owners to turn in their phones if they ever want to travel with a smartphone. Unfortunately, it may also leave those who are currently overseas with the device in a bind. Samsung has not issued a statement on the flying ban, although it likely doesn’t have to as it has already recalled the failed device.
Customer service personnel from Samsung should already be contacting Note 7 owners and arranging for the phones to be returned. Of course, Samsung is trying to make the transition as seamless as possible; and is offering a decent deal to make up for the unfortunate incident.