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Galaxy Note 7 airline warnings will finally stop

by Todd Haselton | January 11, 2017January 11, 2017 8:30 am PDT

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is a dangerous phone, we get it. Yet, every time we fly, airlines and airports still remind us that the phone can’t be carried on a plane. Anyone who does so puts themselves and fellow passengers at grave risk. Today, Samsung said the FAA will stop warning passengers not to carry the device.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision today to remove the requirement for the airlines to make specific pre-boarding notification reflects the exceptionally high rates of participation in the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program,” Samsung said. By leveraging our digital technology to target each device, we’ve had over 96 percent of Galaxy Note7 phones returned to date.” That’s a pretty good stat and, sad fact is, folks who still have the Galaxy Note 7 are going to use it whether you tell them to turn it off or not. Scary but true.

Software updates brick Galaxy Note 7

“Together with our wireless carriers, we have taken aggressive action to limit the remaining phones’ ability to work as mobile devices, further enhancing participation in the recall,” Samsung said, referring to programs in place that basically brick Galaxy Note 7 devices through a software update. “We thank the Department of Transportation, airlines, airports, our partners and Note7 owners for their patience and support during this time.”

I think I just heard a sigh of relief out of Samsung’s PR department. On to the Galaxy S8, right?


Todd Haselton

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