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Travelers Today       By    Patricia Sim

Updated: Oct 17, 2016 03:06 PM EDT

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Officially Banned on All Domestic Flights
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, announced it was banning all passengers of air travel from carrying their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on board in any capacity.
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Following a global recall of its devices last month, caused by faulty batteries, overheating, and combustion, Samsung Electronics is in more hot water again, with airline companies banning the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone aboard their aircrafts.

Initially Qantas Airlines allowed the Galaxy Note 7 onboard, according to Traveller AU, for so long as the unit was switched off. However, following the reporting of more incidents, and Samsung themselves suspending the production of the Note 7, a total ban has been enforced by the airline company. This ban, probably sparked by an incident where a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 aboard a US Plane allegedly overheated and started smoking.

The total ban means that the device is absolutely forbidden onboard the aircraft, including both carry-on baggage and check-in luggage. Other Samsung products are still allowed, but travelers are advised to follow proper safety procedures announced by the cabin crew before take off.

Here is a list of countries and airlines from The Guardian that have enforced a total or partial ban on the Galaxy Note 7 aboard their aircrafts:

1. US Federal Aviation Authority - Virgin, and others
2. Japan Transport Ministry - Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines
3. South Korea - Asiana, Korean Air
4. China - Cathay Pacific, and almost all others
5. Hong Kong - Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express
6. Taiwan - China Airlines, EVA Air
7. Singapore - Singapore Airlines
8. Malaysia - AirAsia, JetStar
9. Germany - Air Berlin, Lufthansa
10. Italy - Alitalia
11. UK - British Airways (on flights to US, Canada, and Hong Kong)
12. Australia and New Zealand - most airlines

Aside from commercial flights, the UN Aviation Agency earlier this year prohibited cargo shipments of lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft, following an incident with Boeing where 787 Dreamliners built-in lithium-ion batteries catching fire, causing a design overhaul for the aircraft giant.

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