Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones are so dangerous it is now a federal crime to take one onto a plane!
Previously, there were reports of Note 7 phones catching fire. The phones were initially recalled and then replaced. However, then the replacements started catching fire too. So Samsung recalled the replacements and discontinued the Galaxy Note 7 line altogether.
Following reports that all Note 7 phones have the potential to catch fire, the Federal Aviation Administration took matters into its own hands. It is now a federal crime to bring a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone onto a plane.
Earlier in the week, the FAA banned Note 7s from all planes. And now, further to an Emergency Restriction / Prohibition Order, it is now a crime too.
The FAA issued Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order No. FAA-2016- 9288 on Friday (read PDF).
As of noon Saturday 15 October, passengers must not have the device “on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked baggage, or as cargo.”
If you forget and accidentally bring it aboard you must power it down immediately. The airlines are being instructed to “deny boarding to a passenger in possession [of a Note 7]”.
What are the penalties for this crime?
Any passengers who bring the Note 7 aboard anyway may be “subject to civil penalties of up to $179,933 for each violation for each day they are found to be in violation (49 U.S.C. 5123).”
The passenger could be prosecuted, which could “result in fines under title 18, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both (49 U.S.C. 5124).”
Samsung is expected to “lose $3 billion due to the Note 7 recall”.