The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. The ban will be effective Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at noon ET.
According to the emergency order, individuals who own or possess any Note7 device may not transport the phone on their person, in carry-on luggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.
“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
American Airlines, which has been making announcements to passengers since Sept. 9 regarding Note7 devices, is in the process of updating communication for airports, flight crews and our regional partners. That communication will be issued within the next few hours, along with instructions on how to handle Note7 devices that are presented by passengers. All airlines will be required to deny boarding to passengers who have in their possession a Note7 device.
The U.S. government is warning passengers that any violation of the Note7 ban may subject them to criminal prosecution and/or fines.