Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tata JV airlines ban Note 7 on board in India

Tata Group's JV airlines have banned carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note7 on their aircraft in India. On Monday, Vistara tweeted that "carriage of Note 7 is prohibited on Vistara flights, both in hand luggage and check-in luggage." Vistara's move came a day after AirAsia Group took a similar decision for all its subsidiaries, including AirAsia India.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had last week gone to the extent of saying that passengers who insisted on boarding planes with the Note 7 would be barred from doing so. Several other global aviation safety regulators and airlines have barred Note 7 from inflight carriage due to safety fears as there have been several instances of these phones burning up.
However, the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is yet to come out with a fresh directive as it had last month allowed Note 7s purchased after September 15 to be carried in aircraft. While it is yet to issue a fresh order, Indian airlines have begun conforming to global norms of banning Note 7 from aircraft.
17/10/16 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India