The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hasn’t exactly been getting much good press lately and the hits just keep coming. Several Australian airlines including Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia have put restrictions on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for safety reasons. This means if you plan on flying any of these airlines anytime soon, you should check with the airline on their policies. Samsung has already issued a voluntary recall of the Note 7 over several reports of its battery exploding. These exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units have been blamed for injuries and damages to property. The latest report is an exploding Note 7 taking out a Jeep and totaling the vehicle.
“Following Samsung Australia’s recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 personal electronic device we are requesting that passengers who own them do not switch on or charge them in flight,” a Qantas spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Samsung has confirmed they have spoken with these airlines about the Note 7 recall. There are rumors that the Federal Aviation Administration is considering a ban or some restrictions on U.S. airlines as well. If some users refuse to comply with the recall and choose to keep their Note 7s, there could be a lot of potential exploding phones out there. We’re reaching out to the FAA for comment on that speculation and will get back if we have an answer. We suspect there may be similar restrictions coming in the near future due to the nature of the potential hazard.
While the recall is likely going to affect the company in a negative way, it is to their credit that they’ve taken these measures to fix the obvious issues. What do you think of the restrictions Australian airlines have laid out? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.