Now that replacement Galaxy Note 7 handsets have officially been recalled by the CPSC and Samsung has called for all units to be returned, the phablet has been banned from all U.S. flights. Ignore the rules and you could be fined over $180,000.
U.S. airlines don’t want the Note 7 on planes because it’s too dangerous. No one knows what causes the device to explode, or when it might happen. Initially, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Note 7 could travel so long as it was turned off, but no anymore.
Not only has the device been banned, but the FAA has issued an Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order that makes traveling with a Note 7 on U.S. commercial flights a federal crime. Those who ignore this could be slapped with a very hefty fine.
“Any person failing to comply with this Order is subject to civil penalties of up to $179,933 for each violation for each day they are found to be in violation (49 U.S.C. 5123),” reads the order. “A person violating this Order may also be subject to criminal prosecution, which may result in fines under title 18, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both (49 U.S.C. 5124).”
The order also states that all airlines must inform passengers that the Note 7 is banned before they board the plane. Passengers who are carrying one must power down the device immediately and then hand it over to the flight crew to be safely stored.
It’s not illegal to own a Note 7, but the FAA doesn’t want the handset to be taken onto planes — and it’s easy to see why. This is yet another reason why you should return yours if you haven’t already.