Sad but true!
Today the FAA issued an advisory to all air travelers…do not pack your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in your checked luggage! There have been 35 reported incidents of Samsung’s popular new phone exploding or catching on fire. A Tampa, Florida couple left their phone charging in their Jeep and it exploded and set the Jeep on fire right in their driveway.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission also warned consumers to power down the ‘Note 7’ immediately and stop using/charging the devices. After the electronics giant issued a recall (on 9/2/16) of the 2.5 million phones which originally sold for $850 each, the FAA went a few steps further by issuing an advisory to all air travelers who own the device.
The FAA advises air travelers to…
- Keep your phones turned off onboard planes.
- Do NOT charge your phones while in flight.
- Don’t store your phone in a checked piece of luggage.
Please view this informational video…
According to the FAA, it’s extremely hard to extinguish a lithium battery fire on an airplane which can lead to devastating consequences. Samsung has created a product exchange program for all ‘Note 7’ owners and are working with carriers to replace the devices in the next few weeks. Click here for more information. Call your service provider to see if they are offering loaner phones until your replacement arrives. Also ask if they will give you a ‘go-phone/pay as you go phone’ with free minutes until your replacement arrives. Remember, you the consumer should not be inconvenienced by this recall.
The FAA is also considering banning the device from all flights. We will bring you that news when or if it happens. In the meantime, leave your phone off in a fire proof safe somewhere.
Do you think the FAA should ban the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on airplanes until the issue is resolved?
Be Happy. Be Fabulous. Be Well Traveled.
By The Travelin Diva ~ Kirstin N. Fuller
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