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."