The Federal Aviation Administration is announcing new air passenger carry-on guidelines. Sadly, though, the authorities are not altering the terrorism-repelling edict prohibiting fliers from carrying on shampoo or other liquids and gels in containers larger than 3.4 ounces.
The FAA, however, announced late Thursday that it will still allow you to bring your exploding Note 7 onboard—albeit with a few caveats. Samsung issued a Note 7 global recall last week of the 2.5 million units it had shipped amid reports that the phablet’s batteries could explode or catch fire.
In response, the FAA said it doesn’t want you to use or charge the Note 7 while flying, and the agency doesn’t want you to put the device in your checked bags, either.
In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.
Qantas, Jetstar Airways, and Virgin Australia have issued similar Note 7 advisories. Days ago, a Florida family’s vehicle caught fire after a Note 7 left in the Jeep exploded.
Rechargeable lithium batteries are in many electronic gadgets. They can overheat and possibly explode—under a process known as “thermal runaway”—if they are exposed to increased temperatures, if they have a manufacturing flaw, or are damaged.
Earlier this year, a UN agency called the International Civil Aviation Organization barred bulk deliveries of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes.
Samsung said in a statement that “We are aware of the Federal Aviation Administration’s statement about the Galaxy Note 7. Consumer safety and peace of mind are our top priority. We plan to expedite new shipments of Galaxy Note7 starting from this week in order to alleviate any safety concerns and reduce any inconvenience for our customers.”