Exploding Phone: India, US bans Samsung Note 7 on Flights (Video)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been under scrutiny since it was recalled for having batteries that are at risk of catching fire and exploding, The Director General of Civil Aviation, or DGCA on Friday issued an advisory prohibiting the use of the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on-board an aircraft. The Note 7, which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, after having received a string of positive critic reviews, has been termed a flight risk by the FAA in the US as well.
Here is what the DGCA had to say about the Note 7:
“In the light of recent incidents involving battery issue with Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices globally, travelling public and airlines are advised to ensure the following for the safety of aircraft operations and its occupants:
Not to turn on or charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone on-board the aircraft.
Not to stow them in any checked-in package.”
Here is what Samsung India had to say about the DGCA notice:
“We are aware of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) notice. Consumer safety and peace of mind are our top priority. Galaxy Note 7 sales have not started in India, and we have delayed sales to alleviate any safety concerns. We plan to expedite new shipments of Galaxy Note 7 soon to reduce any inconvenience for our customers.”
Samsung was caught foot in mouth when multiple reports of the Note 7 exploding started emerging. In its own internal investigation, the company found as many as 35 cases of exploding Note 7 phones, something that has been attributed to faulty batteries. The company, thereafter, issued a global recall of the Note 7 and announced that it will give buyers who had already purchased the device (in the US, for instance) a replacement over the coming weeks.
The Note 7 was supposed to go on sale starting from September 2 in India, before which it was available for pre-booking. After the global recall, Samsung India postponed the availability of the Note 7 for an undisclosed period.
Video by CBS