Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 banned from flights by DoT

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If you’ve still got your Galaxy Note 7 and plan to continue carrying it despite the recall, you can no longer bring it aboard an airplane.

The Department of Transportation (DoT) has officially banned the Galaxy Note 7 from US airplanes. The FAA recently urged Note 7 owners to power down their devices while aboard a plane, but with this official ban, Note 7 owners are not allowed to bring their phones onto a plane at all.

The ban will go into effect tomorrow, October 15, at 12:00 pm ET.

Earlier this week, Samsung updated its Galaxy Note 7 recall to include original and replacement devices, and it also discontinued production of the Note 7. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 23 reports of overheating Note 7s since the first recall in mid-September.

While Samsung can’t force Note 7 owners to return their devices, it’s going to become more difficult to use one. For example, now that the Note 7 has been recalled and discontinued, it’s unlikely that there will be any software updates, and Samsung has shown that it’ll nag Note 7 owners with notifications to return their phone. Now you’ll be unable to board an airplane with one, making traveling with the Note 7 more difficult.

Source: Department of Transportation

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  • KingCobra

    The hits just keep coming. This has become one of the biggest screwups in tech history.

  • Fabian

    This might affect all Samsung phones when DoT employees are not familiar with the Not 7.

    • Barnassey

      Yup average stupid person, won’t know the difference between the note 7 and a s7 edge

      • MattPortland

        TSA agents have been briefed on what to look for.

        • Barnassey

          I’m sure they will be 100% effective, and i feel safer. /s

        • MattPortland

          It’s a pretty easy phone to spot. The curved glass and the S-Pen give it away. So, just continue on with your /s. TSA isn’t as stupid as you may think.

        • Barnassey

          You really really haven’t dealt with them in a full “we know what we are doing” capacity.

        • MattPortland

          I deal with TSA 2 to 3 times a month.

        • mreveryphone

          I deal with them every week…

        • mreveryphone

          I’m on a flight now… Tsa agents aren’t looking for note 7’s at all

        • noh1bvisas

          i guess you are on (UA) United Airlines 3781 – i should call TSA and report you.

        • mreveryphone

          Yep! Hurry up and call them!

      • Joe

        Lets see… all they need to do is remove case if necessary and look at the back of the phone. There even a stupid person can find out if its a note 7. At least I would hope are not that stupid that they cant even figure this out.

      • Ascertion

        My parents made it onto a plane yesterday without any issues and they have a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. I was surprised.

    • noh1bvisas

      highly unlikely. TSA will have been informed.

      • Panzer

        Rofl, that would be a first.

        • noh1bvisas

          stupid.

  • JT

    TMO customer service said official pre-order for LG v20 starts Monday.

    • noh1bvisas

      was there a price?

      • Rob

        I wouldn’t expect it to be much lower than the Note 7, especially with at&t charging 830 for it.

        • noh1bvisas

          i’m reserving judgement until i see it in-person. i was hyped about the g5 until i saw the poor fit and finish. i don’t NEED a new phone. my G3 is still going strong.

    • gmo8492

      Cool, I’ll get ready to make my purchase. Besides the headphones any other gifts come with the V20?

  • noh1bvisas

    i remember when cigarette lighters were banned. there were piles of lighters in the smoking areas. will there be piles of note 7s?

    what about people in-transit or not yet on their way home that have to catch a return flight?

    • MattPortland

      Very good questions.

  • mreveryphone

    I have to fly out Sunday. We’ll see if tsa is really checking for the note 7… I still won’t be in my home town so I’ll be stuck with this phone for another week until I get home… Hopefully I make it…

    • noh1bvisas

      and when you’re stopped at the checkpoint, and made to surrender your phone what do you plan to do?

      • mreveryphone

        We’ll see if that happens… I’ll update this comment…

      • mreveryphone

        No one was stopped. I’ve seen at least 4 or 5 people beyond the security checkpoint with the note 7

        • noh1bvisas

          you’re lying, unless you’re posting from the plane, because all the planes leaving from CWA have left for the day.

        • mreveryphone

          Lol you’re really tracking me. I can definitely take a pic right now of the cabin

        • noh1bvisas

          i posted about you on united’s facebook page. maybe they’ll catch you on the other end. i hope so.

        • mreveryphone

          Lol I hope they do! And I hope you exert this much energy in reading and trying to advance to a higher level of education rather than just stay at a elementary school level of intelligence! Lol you’re an idiot!

        • noh1bvisas

          wow. you’re the idiot. and a selfish one willing to put peoples’ lives at risk.

        • mreveryphone

          Keep reading… It’s fundamental! Lol

        • noh1bvisas

          i think you’re trolling. post a pic of your boarding pass.

        • steadymobb

          Hahaha you’re a weirdo

        • noh1bvisas

          you have no idea

        • mreveryphone

          And yes the plane has WiFi

    • Duh

      Why risk everyone’s life because of your s*** phone? Get over it. Leave it at home.
      No one wants they’re security clearance delayed because you want to rebel.

      • Duh

        *their

      • mreveryphone

        I’m not at home genius… I’m still out of town on business..

        • Fabian

          Backup your data to the internet or SD card and save you SD card just in case.

        • mreveryphone

          Everything is saved in the cloud and on my sd as far as I can tell…

        • Fabian

          At least go early to the airport with a low charge, maybe if you drain your battery completely… who knows. Go early and talk to them. On the other hand the fine is too high to even try it. Difficult choices.

        • mreveryphone

          They’re not checking

        • Fabian

          Lucky you. :)

    • Corey Jalette

      The ban, which is a response to continued threats of the smartphone’s battery exploding, covers not only U.S commercial flights but also cargo planes. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration stated that anyone who tries to travel with a Galaxy Note 7, or tries to pack it in checked luggage, will have the phone confiscated. Those folks could also face fines for violating the ban, along with possible criminal prosecution.

    • samsung freud

      It would be worth your time to drop by a tmobile store and spend the 1 – 2 hours getting a replacement.
      You wouldn’t want your mugshot on CNN next to Donny and Hilly

      • mreveryphone

        There isn’t a T-Mobile store where I’m working at or I’d definitely do that…

        • samsung freud

          Crap! where are you at?

        • mreveryphone

          Central Wisconsin… 0 tmobile service! Been living on WiFi and off-line maps…

        • noh1bvisas

          if there’s an airport nearby i’m sure there’s a tmobile store.

        • mreveryphone

          Nope there isn’t… The airport is CWA.. No T-Mobile store or service anywhere near central Wisconsin. Feel free to look it up and educate yourself…

        • noh1bvisas

          i just did. you’re even more screwed. tiny airport with bored, gun-ho TSA people. it’s not like they are just going to say “OK, i’ll risk my job for you”. the fine, if caught with one on a plane is $180,000 btw.

          better make a roadtrip to madison (2 hours each way). have you even called tmo for suggestions?
          .
          as for educating myself, why haven’t you exchanged it already since you are wont to flying into bumfuck? the last one caught on fire, on a plane, 10 days ago. you really should have seen this coming.

        • mreveryphone

          I’ve been gone for close to a month. If I could have I would have. Of course I called T-Mobile and Samsung and of course the run around begins…

        • noh1bvisas

          no problems exchanging it once before, according to a post you made 19 days ago:
          “Nothing was wrong with my original Note 7, it never got hot and I even fast charged it with Aukey type c cables just to see if something would happen but nothing. I exchanged it for a new one just in case. Plus I fly a lot for work and the tsa and flight attendants were getting a little more vocal with the whole note 7 needs to be turned off memo. This story looks like a guy trying to capitalize on an already bad situation.”

        • mreveryphone

          Exactly… So once I get home that’s what I’ll do… I see your not that smart are you?

        • noh1bvisas

          you’re the dumba$$

        • mreveryphone

          Don’t mistake me for you.. You’re the one who can’t comprehend simple rhetoric lol

        • noh1bvisas

          no mistaking that. i’m not a selfish dumba$$

        • samsung freud

          Can you make it to green bay, oshkosh, appleton, or eau claire?
          There is a store in each one.

        • mreveryphone

          If I could I would but that’s to far away from me. My job is not going to pay for another companies mistake. That’s not how any of this works.

        • noh1bvisas

          i’m calling BS on that one

        • mreveryphone

          No bs… Just facts

        • noh1bvisas

          no, mainly BS. you knew about this long before it became a real problem. man-up. take responsibility.

        • mreveryphone

          Lol Smh… Internet bullys make me laugh… You’re a waste of time…

        • noh1bvisas

          here’s something you posted 19 days ago:
          “Nothing was wrong with my original Note 7, it never got hot and I even fast charged it with Aukey type c cables just to see if something would happen but nothing. I exchanged it for a new one just in case. Plus I fly a lot for work and the tsa and flight attendants were getting a little more vocal with the whole note 7 needs to be turned off memo. This story looks like a guy trying to capitalize on an already bad situation.”
          .

        • mreveryphone

          And your point is? Lol

        • noh1bvisas

          my point? you’re a selfish, uncaring idiot willing to put others at risk.

        • mreveryphone

          So basically you have no point… Good day lol

      • maanshu

        This is the best comment on this Blog.

  • Spanky

    Smart decision on FAA’s part. As someone who flies often, I don’t want to have to deal with the possibility of delayed/canceled flights or emergency landings resulting from this phone’s battery venting in flight. With that being said, I wonder how the TSA will handle the issue with Note 7 owners who traveled away from home before the ban went into effect.

    • mreveryphone

      That’s my conundrum… I’m gone on business now…

      • noh1bvisas

        no excuse. you knew about this 11 days ago. stop playing the victim card.

        • mreveryphone

          You’re an idiot lol if I’m out town then I’m out of town. No victim here, and am not claiming to be.

        • noh1bvisas

          no excuses. you’ve had ample time to get rid of your pocket bomb.

        • mreveryphone

          Lol

        • noh1bvisas

          here’s something you posted 19 days ago:
          “Nothing was wrong with my original Note 7, it never got hot and I even fast charged it with Aukey type c cables just to see if something would happen but nothing. I exchanged it for a new one just in case. Plus I fly a lot for work and the tsa and flight attendants were getting a little more vocal with the whole note 7 needs to be turned off memo. This story looks like a guy trying to capitalize on an already bad situation.”

    • mreveryphone

      Tsa’s aren’t checking… I’ve seen at least 4 or more people beyond the security checkpoint

  • n910

    Am I the only one thinking that government agency (this time
    in the face of DoT and FAA) once again instead of doing the right thing in the
    right way chose to be “politically correct” and cover their behinds
    against possible lawsuits? By imposing a blanket ban and elevating it to a criminal
    offense, without having the means to detect the offender in cases when the
    phone simply in the luggage, they actually unintentionally encourage the worst
    way of smuggling the phone.

    Sure, the ban is/was necessary, but it had to be implemented
    the way so it would actually increase the safety of people on-board, not merely protect
    the agency from liability claims should something go south.

    Right now I’m more hesitant to fly than if there was no ban
    at all, simply because there are always idiots out there who hearing about the
    ban, might hide the device in the luggage, where TSA has no way of verifying if
    the detected phone is Note7 or some other model unless they visually inspect
    it.

    In other words, I’d feel much safer even if all 300 passengers and crew on board had note7 in hand, than a single device hidden somewhere in the luggage (which the way this ban is implemented might unintentionally contribute).

    • noh1bvisas

      wow. would you feel the same way with your family onboard?

      • n910

        Did you bother to read the whole post…?

        • noh1bvisas

          yes, i did. you’re arguing both sides. all checked bags are x-rayed, btw.

        • n910

          That’s the whole point.. the end result is true for anyone: me, members of my family, you or anyone else for that matter. X-ray cannot differentiate Note7 from any other phone in the bag, and I highly doubt TSA is going to manually check every time they detect a phone in the luggage (since it’s not illegal to have any other phone in the luggage, except for a recalled model).

          The major risk of note7 is that it can spontaneously ignite causing a fire, not that it could explode and blow up the plane (regardless of what media wants you to think). And that risk exponentially increases when the phone is left unattended (somewhere in the luggage for example). While having a phone in a plain sight poses minimal risk. After all it has capacity of around 3 aa batteries.

          So passengers may have a false sense of safety when you see no one in possession of a recalled device on board, but how do you know if some moron smuggled one in a checked bag…? And the way this ban is implemented specifically encourages this behavior: offender most likely will be caught only if something happened during the flight. What can happen if phone hidden in a luggage? Does anyone care if someone will criminally be charged postmortem? Probably DoT and FAA do…

        • noh1bvisas

          too long. didn’t read it all, but i do think they will search any suspect bags – electronic things connected to batteries.

        • n910

          put your phone in a checked luggage with non-tsa friendly lock next time you fly… and report back if anyone contacted you or opened your bag…

        • noh1bvisas

          that was my point. what type of lock you have won’t make any difference. anything with a battery/electronic will likely be searched.

        • n910

          the point of non-tsa friendly lock was to verify whether the luggage was searched or not (not to deter searching)… you’ll be surprised at how many times your bag will pass untouched…

        • noh1bvisas

          they are supposed to leave a note, but it has been my experience they don’t. i’ve had tsa friendly locks tripped, but no note. nothing in the bag that would have been suspicious, either.

  • mreveryphone

    Tsa’s aren’t checking. I’ve seen at least 4 people beyond the security checkpoint with note 7’s… You can’t hide that coral blue…

    • n910

      Thanks for reporting back… maybe they intentionally do not enforce it yet, not to encourage people hiding it in their luggage where it poses substantially more risk, than just holding in hand… or might be I give tsa too much credit…

      • mreveryphone

        Who knows. I wouldn’t encourage bringing it on a plane since it is banned but I did see a few note 7’s beyond that security checkpoint

    • noh1bvisas

      and you’re so selfish you’ve bragged about using it in-flight. i think you’re trolling. post a pic of your boarding pass in the android authority thread since pics aren’t allowed here. i see you posting over there, too. pics or it didn’t happen,

      • mreveryphone

        I’m not posting my boarding pass on the Internet, they do contain sensitive information I’d like to keep private. I have no reason to troll anyone. The tsa is not checking for different types of phones… They have terrorists and real bombs to try and detect. Get over yourself and this topic already. I said I would report back and I did.

        • S Davis

          Samsung sucks anyways.

        • noh1bvisas

          trolling, then.

  • mreveryphone

    I’m just saying I see what goes on more often than most people and tsa’s aren’t looking for these phones like people think they are… IO wasn’t trying to win anything or upstage you. Sorry if I implied that.

  • GinaDee

    All this negative publicity has to be great news for Apple and LG. Normally LG wouldn’t even get a second blink but this year they are bound to reap the benefits of Sammy’s damaged brand.

  • Mike Thaler

    Airport in Taiwan security checked all cell phones (at least on 10/19) to make sure they weren’t Note 7. Day before,Yangon Airport had signs at check in counter – “No Note 7”.