Unfortunately, air travelers will continue to hear flight attendants say that the samsung note 7 will not be flying this holiday season. This additional cautionary note was added to the list of worrisome things that can go wrong featured in the pre-flight briefing. Still, more than a month after the U.S. Department of Transportation banned the Note 7 from airplanes, some 200,000 of the devices remain in the hands of consumers according to information from the International Air Transport Association.
Samsung may render the phones useless by digitally disabling their ability to charge (ummm didn’t know they could do that but ok), this will force the Samsung note 7 users to switch phones to a less volatile one.
The Samsung note 7 went on sale in late summer, and weeks after there were reports of the phone catching fire even when it was turned off. Samsung recalled the phones, assuming the problem was the lithium ion batteries, but similar smoke and fire incidents after the repair caused the company to doubt its assumptions.
Large quantities of lithium ion batteries are prohibited as cargo on passenger flights due to the fire hazard. But passengers and flight crew carry them into the cabin by the fist full so on a single wide-body jet there can be more than a thousand lithium ion battery powered devices.
The way these electronic devices can cause Harvard is unimaginable. For example, several fires have been reported on Air France and Qantas airliners when the gadgets got trapped in the recline mechanism of business class seats.