Following a ban last Thursday by the US Federal Aviation Administration FAA on using or charging Galaxy Note 7 on flights, several international airlines also banned the phone on their flights, including Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, and Singapore Airlines.
“The powering up and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones is prohibited on all our flights,” stated Singapore Airlines on Friday as quoted by Reuters. According to the FAA, the Galaxy Note 7 phone should also not be allowed in checked baggage due to “recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung”. It is reportedly rare for the FAA to issue safety warnings on a specific product.
After launching the latest version of the Note series in August, Samsung ordered a global recall last week following reports of faulty batteries exploding.
On Sunday, Garuda Indonesia decided also to ban Samsung phones. The ban is effective since Monday. The company’s corporate communications Vice President Benny S. Butarbutar declared to the Jakarta Post that the move was made to follow up to safety warning advices issued by the US FAA last week. “Garuda Indonesia warns all passengers not to activate the phone during flights, not even on airplane mode, or to charge the battery or store it in checked baggage,” he said in a press release on Sunday.
Written warnings have reportedly been placed at check-in counters in airports where the carrier operates.