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The FAA really doesn't want you flying with a Galaxy Note 7

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Samsung is already laying out the steps for how and when it will have new Galaxy Note 7s available, but everyone else is still dealing with the now-recalled first batch. Eight days ago the FAA warned travelers against using or charging them in-flight, and today put some teeth behind that with a pair of advisories for airlines (PDF) and passengers (PDF). If you've flown lately, you've probably heard some level of warning against using a Galaxy Note 7 or, on some flights, even all Samsung mobile devices, and the FAA's Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) should provide more detail on what they're looking for.

Now that the CPSC is involved and it's an official recall, the FAA has also issued a reminder that hazardous material regs "prohibit air cargo shipments of recalled or defective lithium batteries and lithium battery-powered devices." According to the FAA, if you have one of the recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones, the only way you can bring it with you is to follow these steps:

  • Turn off the device
  • Disconnect the device from any charging equipment
  • Disable all applications that could inadvertently activate the phone (e.g. alarm clock)
  • Protect the power switch to prevent its unintentional activation, and
  • Keep the device in carry-on baggage or on your person (Do not place in checked baggage)
Or, just don't bring it at all, and return the device immediately.
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