Unfortunately, the reports of exploding Note 7 batteries have caught the FAA’s attention. We were worried that the devices would be banned from flights, since generally recalled batteries are banned. However, the unofficial status of the recall helped Samsung out in this case. The FAA put out a statement to Note 7 owners:
In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.
So if you do take a Note 7 on the plane, you’re advised not to charge it or turn it on. Thankfully, you’ll still be able to bring them onboard for now.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that it is working with Samsung to announce an official recall of the Note 7. The CPSC is asking for more drastic measures than the FAA.
Lithium-ion batteries pack a lot of power into a small package. When these batteries overheat and burst, the results can be serious. This is why the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging all consumers who own a Samsung Galaxy Note7 to power them down and stop charging or using the device.
An official recall could eventually cause a flight ban, but it also means consumers may get replacements easier. We’ll have to see where this goes.