Qantas and Virgin airlines ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all flights

Qantas and Virgin airlines ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all flights

The airlines cite the smartphones potential fire risk as the reason for the ban, which comes into effect today

Passengers flying Qantas or Virgin Australia will be banned from bringing the recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all flights.

The airlines cite the smartphones potential fire risk as the reason for the ban, which comes into effect on Sunday.

The battery of the Galaxy Note 7 has been known to catch fire, with the South Korean company issuing a recall for 2.5m devices. The ban will also include Qantas and Virgins low-cost airlines, Jetstar and Tiger.

It means passengers with the phone cannot fly with the device, even if it is switched off or is packed in checked or carry-on luggage. Previously the airlines allowed the phone on board if it was switched off.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority hasnt enforced a blanket ban on the device for all airlines in Australia but is monitoring the situation.

If we need to take further action we will but at this stage we havent moved to actually ban them, a spokesman for the authority, Peter Gibson, said.

On Friday the US Department of Transportation issued an emergency order to ban the Galaxy Note 7 on all flights to and from the country.

The ban applies to devices being carried on to the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage, Qantas said.

Virgin Australia said: The use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices is currently prohibited on all Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia flights and the complete ban announced today is an additional safety measure.

Samsung announced on Tuesday it was halting production of the Note 7 after some updated versions of the phones continued to overheat.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/16/qantas-and-virgin-arlines-ban-samsung-galaxy-note-7-on-all-flights

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