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 areasAir 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