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Galaxy Note 7 now banned from Amtrak trains

by Killian Bell | October 21, 2016October 21, 2016 4:00 am PDT

Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, has announced that the Galaxy Note 7 is no longer welcome on its trains. The move comes just weeks after Samsung’s failed phablet was blocked from airlines and recalled for the second time.

“Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices are not permitted on Amtrak trains, Thruway buses, facilities, stations and platforms due to potential safety risks,” reads a tweet posted by the official Pacific Surfliner account on Thursday.

It’s yet another reason to return the Note 7 if you haven’t already. Those still clinging onto the device are going to find it increasingly difficult to travel with it as more and more companies and organizations prohibit its use.

The Note 7 disaster

It’s now a federal crime to travel with the Note 7 on a U.S. airline. Doing so could land you a fine in excess of $180,000. Samsung has even set up exchange booths inside airports in the U.S. — though it seems unlikely we’ll see them at Amtrak stations.

The Note 7 was recalled for the second and final time earlier this month after reports that supposedly safe replacement units were overheating and catching fire. Samsung has now ceased production of the device and offered customers a refund or exchange.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...