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Galaxy Note 7 exchange kiosks open in airports

by Todd Haselton | October 18, 2016October 18, 2016 7:00 am PDT

Now that the FAA and other aviation powers-that-be have banned the Galaxy Note 7 from flight, some travelers may find themselves in a pickle. You may have been on a long business trip during the whole fiasco, for example, with plans to return the Galaxy Note 7 when you got home. With a ban in place, now you can’t even get the phone home.

To solve that, Samsung has opened airport kiosks.

The special stations have been opened in South Korea and Australia so far, but we presume they’ll spread to other areas, too. According to CNET, they’ll allow you to swap the Galaxy Note 7 for another Samsung smartphone. You probably don’t have a lot of time to quickly erase and back up any data on your Galaxy Note 7 at that point, however, so consider this before you fly.

According to CNET, Samsung recently opened the kiosks at the following terminals in Australia, most are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless marked otherwise:

  • Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith)
  • Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)
  • Brisbane Airport
  • Adelaide Airport
  • Perth Airport
  • Gold Coast Airport
  • Canberra Airport (open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Galaxy Note 7 Exchange Booths

We’re glad Samsung is doing this because it helps travelers get out of a bind. Either their Galaxy Note 7 is destined for the nearest trash receptacle during security check, or they’re sneaking the device on the plane and not only breaking the law but putting the lives of fellow air travelers at risk. We hope Samsung quickly opens similar stations in other airports around the globe.

We hope Samsung quickly opens similar stations in other airports around the globe.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...