Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones have been banned from all planes in the US following reports of the devices catching fire. The order from the country's Transportation Department bars owners from carrying on the phones or taking them in baggage during flights from 5pm UK time on Saturday. It warned that people who packed the devices in checked luggage raised the risk of "a catastrophic incident", and passengers caught attempting to bring them on a plane could be fined or have them confiscated. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: "We recognise that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority."
We recognise that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority.Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
Earlier this week, Samsung permanently discontinued production and sales of the Note 7 worldwide after failing to overcome the battery problems. Growing concern about the device had already prompted airlines to warn passengers not to switch on or charge their phones during flights, or stow them in checked baggage. The Federal Aviation Administration recently banned the use of them onboard US aircraft because of the device's potential to overheat and explode. The firm also sent customers in the US fire-resistant packages this week to return the faulty devices. The kits contain a protective bag, thermally insulated boxes and gloves. The South Korean firm said its profits will take a £4.3bn hit from costs associated with its failed smartphone.