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US Issues Total Flight Ban on Samsung Note 7

The brand woes for Samsung and the Galaxy Note 7 got even worse Friday, as the US Department of Transportation issued an unprecedented blanket ban on the devices on domestic flights, and international flights to and from the US.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) announced this week that it will stop production of the Note 7, after devices -- including replacements for initial faulty devices -- caught fire in numerous reported incidents. The South Korean company said the Note 7 woes will shave about $2.65 billion off operating profits in the final quarter of this year and first quarter of next.

The Department of Transportation (DoT) declaration says that passengers can't carry on a Note 7 or put it in their checked baggage, and the devices may not be shipped as 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," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. "We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk."

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DanJones 10/18/2016 | 11:40:27 AM
Re: Wider ban I seriously doubt the flying public would stand for that.
Mitch Wagner 10/18/2016 | 11:24:28 AM
Wider ban John Gruber suggests we may see a ban on all Samsung phones -- or even all phones and tablets -- on the theory that flight attendants can't be expected to tell one model phone from another. 
Mitch Wagner 10/18/2016 | 11:23:18 AM
Re: Flights Security regulations have been a real problem for me. I used to love to clip my nails while shaking a snowglobe while flying.
Joe Stanganelli 10/16/2016 | 8:16:36 PM
Re: Flights Sure, I'll agree with that.  The sad thing, however, is that we still have to take off our belts and shoes and have to keep our liquids in three-ounce bottles in ZipLoc bags and can't bring on toenail clippers or snowglobes.
danielcawrey 10/16/2016 | 4:16:36 PM
Flights I have been on some flights recently and I have to say that it is concerning to have people possessing these on planes. 

This is terrible for Samsung but at the same time I think it is neccessary. 
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