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Airlines line up to ban 'fire risk' Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from flights

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

Australian and New Zealand airlines barred the recalled Samsung Note 7 from all planes starting on Sunday, after a similar ban was imposed by US officials. Qantas and its discount carrier Jetstar said the ban was introduced because of "a potential fire risk from the device's battery after a number of incidents worldwide". It added: "The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage." Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia and Air New Zealand issued similar announcements.

They cannot be accepted for travel and there is no storage facility available for them at our check-in areas

Air New Zealand

Samsung scrapped its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on Tuesday after a spate or reports of the phones catching fire. On Saturday, they were banned on U.S. airlines under an emergency order from the country's Transportation Department. The agency said that the phones might be confiscated from passengers attempting to take them on board and that people found with the phones on a flight might face fines. Singapore Airlines also said on Saturday it had banned Galaxy Note 7 phones from all of its flights and any passenger carrying one would not be allowed to board.

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.

U.S. transportation secretary Anthony Foxx
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7(marketed as Samsung Galaxy Note7) is an Android phablet smartphone that was produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics. Unveiled on 2 August 2016, it was officially released on 19 August 2016 as a successor to the Galaxy Note 5. Although it is the sixth main device in the Galaxy Note series, Samsung branded its series number as"7" instead, so that consumers would not perceive it as being inferior to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7.The Galaxy Note 7 is an evolution of the Galaxy Note 5 that inherited hardware components and improvements from the Galaxy S7, including the restoration of expandable storage and IP68 water resistance, and new features such as a dual-sided curved display, improvements to the bundled stylus and new software features which utilize it, an iris recognition system, and a USB Type-C port.Demand for the Galaxy Note 7 on-launch was high, breaking pre-order records in South Korea and causing international releases to be delayed in some markets due to supply shortages.