Thursday, September 29, 2016

India lifts ban on use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in airplanes

New Delhi: Three weeks after issuing an advisory prohibiting the use of the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on-board an aircraft, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday lifted the ban, provided the devices are purchased after September 15, 2016. The ban on use and carrying a powered up Note 7, purchased before the said date in commercial airplanes, meanwhile, stays put, the DGCA said.

"The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued an advisory to the travelling public and airline companies today, lifting the restrictions on in-flight use of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, purchased after 15th September, 2016," a Samsung spokesperson told India Today Online.

Previously, the DGCA had warned travelling public and airlines from turning on or charging the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones when they were on board or stowing them in checked-in package.

The ban came after the FAA in the US issued a warning to all Note 7 users telling them not to charge the phone when they were in an airplane.

Samsung was caught foot in mouth when multiple reports of the Note 7 exploding started emerging. In its own internal investigation, the company found as many as 35 cases of exploding Note 7 phones, something that has been attributed to faulty batteries. The company, thereafter, issued a global recall of the Note 7 and announced that it will give buyers who had already purchased the device (in the US, for instance) a replacement device.

29/09/16 Saurabh Singh/India Today
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