Airlines ban Samsung Note 7 phones over risk of fires

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been banned on many airlines across Asia. Pic: Unsplash

MORE and more airlines are banning the Samsung Note 7 aboard their flights after reports that some phones have caught fire.

After US carriers imposed a nationwide ban on the phones, more airlines in Asia, Australia and Europe followed suit.

Qantas and its budget carrier Jetstar said in a statement: “The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage, as well as check-in luggage.”

Virgin Australia too issued a statement following the ban on Saturday: “The use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices is currently prohibited on all Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia flights.” The airline also urged passengers not to bring the phone into airports.

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The Samsung model has been reported of catching fire due to complaints of exploding batteries, and the South Korean company is recalling millions of units globally.

Early this month, a Southwest Airlines flight 994 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated while still at the gate because of a smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

According to Tech Wire Asia, Samsung is projected to undergo a US$5.3 million loss over the discontinuing of the Note 7 model.

Meanwhile, Samsung is offering US$100 credit to customers who trade in their Galaxy Note 7s for “any other Samsung phone” as incentive to stop customers from switching to other smartphone brands.

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