Have a Great Flight! – Without Your Phone, That Is.

Ticking time bombs of fire and bubbling acid seem quite distant from our day to day life; but as foreign as it may sound, be prepared to encounter one of these dangerous everyday devices before it strikes.

Users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have been in a state of anxiety due to the overwhelmingly common claims of overheating, fires, and explosions caused by lithium battery issues. With too many declarations to count, the unease of the Note 7 has reached the point to shake the airline industry. Transport Canada, the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as multiple airlines situated at countries overseas have acknowledged the hazard upcoming passengers, crew members, and flights will face with these phones coming along for the ride.

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” Anthony Foxx, the U.S. transportation secretary confronted the issue, “We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident in-flight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.” To have something as simple as a phone be at risk to our lives – so much that they are banned from flights – makes the peril of this situation seem considerably more nerve-racking.

However, this worry not only engulfs Galaxy Note 7 Users, the concern has said to have been branched out to users of the Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Tab 3, as well as an alarming five other Samsung devices. A Samsung spokesperson had told The Verge, “…We want to reassure customers that we are taking every report seriously. If we determine a product safety issue exists, Samsung will take immediate steps approved by the CPSC to resolve the situation.” Unfortunately, this statement didn’t ease the public’s concern and left readers in anxiety as to if and when their phone will be a serious hazard.

So before you go on your next trip, whether your destination is hot and humid or cold and dry, remember – keep seat belts secure while the signs are lit, apply your air mask before assisting others, and most importantly, check your Samsung phones at the door.

 

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