SA issues flight ban on recalled Samsung Note 7 devices

2016-10-17 17:14 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - The South African Civil Aviation authority has confirmed the recalled Samsung Note 7 will be banned entirely from flights across SA, following the likes of the US, Australian, New Zealand and Japan.

Over the weekend a number of airlines issued emergency statements citing its "potential fire risk", after a similar ban was imposed by US officials.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) spokesperson Kabelo Ledwaba says the SACAA has noted the risk of the recalled Samsung devices and recommends all airlines and other operators ensure that passengers and crew do not carry the device on-board, "whether on their person or as check-in luggage or carry-on luggage". 

Ledwaba says, "Air operators are also required to comply with regulations on the transportation of dangerous goods, which stipulate that lithium batteries identified by the manufacturer as being defective or for safety reasons; or that have been damaged; that have the potential of producing a dangerous evolution of heat, fire or short circuit (e.g. those being returned to the manufacturer for safety reasons) are forbidden to be transported by air."

Last week Samsung South Africa recalled all its Samsung Note 7 and confirmed all production on the defective device had been stopped. 

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"(The ban) is due to concerns regarding potential fire risk from the device's battery after a number of incidents worldwide and follows a ban put in place by regulators overseas," Qantas and its discount carrier Jetstar said in a statement late Saturday.

Cathay Pacific has also issued a ban on the device saying, "Passengers must take notice that all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices are prohibited on all Cathay Pacific and Dragonair flights with immediate effect."

Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia and Air New Zealand also issued similar announcements.

Virgin and Air New Zealand "strongly advised" passengers not to bring the Note 7 phone to airports.

"They cannot be accepted for travel and there is no storage facility available for them at our check-in areas," Air New Zealand added.

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Carriers previously told customers not to use or charge the smartphone if they were carrying it on board flights, after Samsung's initial recall of the "phablet" last month.

The Note 7 crisis is set to cost the South Korean electronics giant billions in lost profits, and is a blow to a firm that prides itself on the quality production of cutting-edge technology.

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