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U.S. bans recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from airplanes

Department of Transportation bans all Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from U.S. airplanes

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices are banned from aircraft in the United States starting earlier on Saturday afternoon under an emergency order, regulators said after numerous reports of the devices catching fire. Samsung scrapped its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on Tuesday because of incidents where the phones began smoking or caught fire, dealing a huge blow to its reputation. The decision came after reports of fires in replacement devices prompted a new round of warnings from regulators, phone carriers and airlines. The order from the U.S. Transportation Department and other agencies bars owners from carrying on the devices or stowing them in checked baggage during flights.

We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority. Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

The agency said that the phones might be confiscated from passengers attempting to take them onboard, and that people found onboard with the phones might face fines. The world's largest phone maker this week said it was also expanding a U.S. recall of the fire-prone model to a total of 1.9 million Note 7 phones, including the 1 million Galaxy Note 7s it recalled on Sept. 15. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday the Note 7's battery "can overheat and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazard to consumers." It added that Samsung had received 96 reports of batteries in Note 7 phones overheating in the United States, including 23 new reports since the Sept. 15 recall announcement.

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Samsung has offered refunds or replacement devices, and is giving those customers who want to exchange the Note 7 for another Samsung device an extra $100 credit.

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