Beleaguered Samsung phones unwelcome on NYC’s buses and trains

“The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit are telling its customers with Galaxy Note 7 phones to shut off their devices before entering a subway station or boarding a train or bus,” Jackie Wattles reports for CNN. “‘.@MTA customers should turn off #Samsung Galaxy Note 7 before entering station or boarding bus due to concerns device’s battery can ignite,’ a tweet from one of MTA’s Twitter handles reads.”

Wattles reports, “The New Jersey Transit said in its warning Tuesday that it’s ‘strongly urging all customers not to use or charge the mobile device on board trains, buses, light rail vehicles or in stations and facilities.'”

MacDailyNews Note: A portion of New Jersey Transit’s warning:

Following safety concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note7, NJ TRANSIT is strongly urging all customers not to use or charge the mobile device on board trains, buses, light rail vehicles or in stations and facilities.

“We are asking our customers who have the Galaxy Note7, to simply turn it off before entering an NJ TRANSIT facility or boarding a vehicle.” said interim Executive Director Dennis Martin. “Because of the uncertainties surrounding this device, we are issuing this precautionary advisory to ensure the safety of all of our customers.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 has been the subject of numerous accounts of the batteries bursting into flames. Both Samsung and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission are urging owners to power down these devices and stop charging or using them.

“NJ TRANSIT is urging our customers to do the responsible thing and heed the manufacturer’s advice to power down the Galaxy Note7” said Gardner Tabon, Chief of NJ TRANSIT’s Office of System Safety. “This is especially critical when riding a transit system along with hundreds of thousands of others.”

“The move affects a massive number of people in the New York metropolitan area that rely on public transit. MTA estimates about 5.7 million people on average ride the subway alone on a given weekday,” Wattles reports. “Horror stories have cropped up from customers all over the country, warning that the devices have caused injuries and damage.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, that’ll be great for business. (smirk)

As for those who’ve settled for inferior wares suddenly doing the right thing, don’t bet on it. They don’t seem to have the necessary faculties.

Always remember: If it’s not an iPhone, it’s an explosive portable fire-starter from a South Korean dishwasher maker.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “chris renaldi” for the heads up.]


  1. I have a flight coming up and I’m actually worried about somebody’s stupid Samsung phone setting the plane on fire. Flying is terrifying enough without shitty knockoff exploding phones to worry about too.

    1. On my flight from SFO to LHR last week, United requested that all Note 7s be shutdown for the duration of the flight and not put on charge.
      I still don’t understand why Samsung has not done a complete recall. They should be contacting owners directly and getting the phones back. It’s only a matter of time until someone dies.

      1. And yet, the TSA confiscates your toothpaste because it is too large and requires that you put your shampoo in a tiny bottle and then in a plastic bag because it might be used to blow up a plane or force the crew to follow your demands to fly you to North Korea.

    2. Just a thought. If Samsung does not do a full recall. That means that there will still be dangerous phones out there after their mini call back.

      Samsung does not understand that a none full recall means burning phones for a long time. A long time of bad press.

      Just saying.

  2. So those using Samsung Galaxy phones aren’t allowed on NYC buses? That’s great then! In my experience, most of the Samsung Galaxy users that I have bumped into were some of the most pretentious, smug dickheads I have had the misfortune to ever meet. To add insult to injury, they also seemed to be the type that resides in NYC’s suburbs. The ones from Long Island and Westchester to be precise. The ones from Yonkers tend to look down on the South Bronx because it’s “scary”, and “dirty”. Listen here, you suburban fools: The South Bronx don’t take no crap from you upstaters. We keep it real in the hood, and if you don’t like it, tough. Besides, we ain’t the ones carrying explosive devices in the Big Apple. At least we are smart enough to know quality from garbage. Peace out!

  3. The issue is that an huge percentage of users think that merely turning a cell phone to silent or airplane mode is the same as turning them off. A more specific, mandatory action is required such as all cellular providers must shut down the services to the pertinent phones. It is easy for them to do this – the ID handle for the phone tells them the model they are providing services for and is available to the provider for every cellular user when they sign up and when they connect. Time for the Safety Board to DO ITS JOB.

  4. Hmmm.
    “The move affects a massive number of people in the New York metropolitan area that rely on public transit. MTA estimates about 5.7 million people…”

    Seeing that Samsung only sold under 3 million note 7’s to begin with… not a huge chance many will be seen on the public transit like the author insinuates.

  5. Is turning them off really going to make a difference? To me, that sounds as stupid and ridiculous as saying “This 80″ TV is heavy. It weighs 300 pounds. Before moving it, please turn it off to avoid hurting your back.” Am I missing something? How does turning it off affect the battery’s likeliness to explode, other than it might not get as hot?

    1. When the batteries are doing their duty (either providing power, or being charged), a chemical reaction occurs in them, where ions of lithium move from anode, through lithium-filled electrolytic fluid, to cathode made of graphite. Depending on the electrical load on the battery (during discharge), or the charging current (during charging), this process may inevitably elevate the temperature. If the battery wasn’t built properly, and to the exact specifications, the barrier between the cathode and anode might become insufficient to provide proper insulation, which then causes short circuit, which significantly increases temperature. As the temperature rises rapidly, the insulation continues to deteriorate, increasing the temperature even more, until the whole thing ignites.

      This is a rather oversimplified (and somewhat layman’s) explanation, but the point is that if there is no electrical load on the battery, it remains in a fairly stable chemical state, which is significantly less likely to spontaneously damage the insulation and cause short circuit.

  6. I just missed a call from (201) 229-4000, turns out to be Samsung USA Corporate. No voicemail left. I own no Samsung products and also despise them; it wouldn’t have been a friendly conversation had I answered. I suspect it was part of a mass attempt to get their defective POSs of the streets but not seeing anything online about them calling. Anyone else get a call from them?

  7. I personally consider this to be, alongside the formal government level recall, the point where burning Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones become an historic travesty of technology. This will be remembered as a disaster etched into the history books for all eternity, aka ∞. Samsung is defecating in its pants today. Samsung’s reputation is permanently tarnished.

    “Children! Let us count using an arithmetic progression!
    35 Burning Samsung Galaxy Note 7s!
    70 Burning Samsung Galaxy Note 7s!
    92 Burning Galaxy Note 7s!!!
    . . .

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