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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones Prohibited On Flights

SEPANG, WOL – AirAsia will not allow Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones onboard any of its flights from midnight tonight (0001h GMT +8, 17 October 2016) due to safety concerns.

This follows the recent US Department of Transport’s ban on the device and reports of replacement units catching fire. Guests are not permitted to carry the Galaxy Note 7 – including recalled and replacement devices – on their person, in cabin bags, in check-in baggage or as cargo.

Any guests found with the device will be denied boarding. The prohibition applies to all flights operated by AirAsia Group, comprising AirAsia Malaysia (carrier code AK), AirAsia Thailand (FD), AirAsia Indonesia (QZ), AirAsia Philippines (Z2), AirAsia India (I5), Malaysia AirAsia X (D7), Thai AirAsia X (XJ) and Indonesia AirAsia X (XT).

The US Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), also announced it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States.

Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. The phones also  cannot be shipped as air cargo.

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” said Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx.(wol/aa/airasia/dot/data1)


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