Qantas, Virgin ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7


Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Austraila and Tiger have banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from all flights due to potential fire risk.

The ban came into effect on Sunday, with the four airlines changing their response to the troubled smartphone shortly after the US introduced a blanket ban on the device in the air.

The battery of the Galaxy Note 7 has been known to overheat and catch fire, with Samsung issuing a recall for about 2.5 million phones.

Qantas, which owns Jetstar, and Virgin Australia, which owns Tiger, both decided on Saturday to ban the device completely from flights.

Here’s Qantas’ announcement, which as you may have guessed, applies to Jetstar also:

Qantas and Jetstar customers are advised that the carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on-board is prohibited on ALL FLIGHTS effective 12:01am (AEDT) Sunday 16 October 2016. This is due to concerns regarding potential fire risk from the device’s battery after a number of incidents worldwide and follows a ban put in place by regulators overseas. The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage. Other Samsung devices are not affected.

And Virgin’s statement:

From Sunday 16 October 2016, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices can no longer be carried on Virgin Australia flights. This is due to safety concerns around the device and follows the implementation of a ban by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Effective 12:01am AEDT on Sunday 16 October, guests travelling on Virgin Australia services must comply with this ban by not travelling with this device, whether on their person, in their carry on luggage or in a checked bag.

Samsung announced on Tuesday it was halting production of the Note 7 after some updated versions of the phones continued to overheat.