The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an emergency order banning all Samsung Galaxy 7 smart phone devices from flights. The order applies to all Samsung Galaxy 7 replacement devices.
Passengers will not be allowed to check the devices or to ship the devices as air cargo.
The DOT has classified the phones as “forbidden hazardous material” under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations, and as such, all passengers will be denied boarding until the passenger makes alternate (non-flight) arrangements for the smart phone.
Internationally, seven airlines have banned the smart phone, including Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, and AirAsia.
Samsung issued a worldwide recall on the devices on October 11, 2016.