United States bans all Samsung Note 7 phones on airline flights

“All Samsung Electronics Co. Note 7 smartphones will be banned from airline flights beginning Saturday, U.S. officials announced in a decision that significantly expands the restriction on devices linked to almost 100 incidents of overheating and fires,” Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin report for Bloomberg.

MacDailyNews Take: Better late than too late.

“Flight restrictions will be extended to each of the 1.9 million Note 7s sold in the U.S. and the devices won’t be allowed aboard aircraft even if they’ve been shut off once the new rules take effect at noon New York time,” Schlangenstein and Levin report. “‘We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,’ said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. ‘We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Samsung had no clue what caused their products to explode, yet shipped replacements anyway, assuring their customers the products were safe.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Now the whole “what kind of Samsung phone is that?” rigmarole begins. Meaning even more gate delays and glares aplenty for those stupid enough to settle for phones from a South Korean dishwasher maker thereby wasting everybody else’s time. Even the fragmandroid settlers will manage to generate the idea that, “Gee, maybe I should finally get a real iPhone, so I can take it on the plane, at least.” After fifteen minutes with one, they’ll never settle for a knockoff again.

Bad, bad, bad news for the oh-so-deserving Samsung.

Samsung’s products are permanently tainted. 🙂

It’s best not to mess with karma. – Steve Jobs

Here’s what’s now etched into the collective mind of the public:

A plane full of iPhone users:
iPhone 747

A plane full of Samsung phone users:
Samsung plane

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  1. Wow! It took how long to recognize the hazard with exploding phones but they have been banning tooth paste and shampoo bottles for years because, you know, they’re dangerous?

  2. “Now the whole ‘what kind of Samsung phone is that?’ rigmarole begins. Meaning even more gate delays…”

    This should be done at the security check, not at the gate. They have the equipment to (theoretically) ensure they’re not hiding it on their person, and the X-ray scanner will identify anything stashed inside carry-on bags.

    It would then be treated like other prohibited items: leave it behind, or you get left behind.

    The downside to this is ban, though, is that anyone selfish enough to keep using it despite the risk to property, themselves, and others, might try smuggling it in their checked luggage.

    1. To clarify: this means there should be *no* gate delays, since any phone on the no-fly list should already be taken out of play, at a point where passengers have no choice but to submit to scan/search. Once at the gate, disclosure would be entirely voluntary.

      1. You say that so confidently – do you actually know anything about the checked-luggage compartments on planes?
        I’ve heard someone else say, also confidently, that the automatic fire suppression systems there are very reliable, as they don’t have to worry about dousing passengers with fire suppression chemicals.
        So, are they actually vulnerable, or were you just making that up?

  3. This is a worst case for my brother, an airline pilot and former Samsung enthusiast. He was on day 1 of a 6-day trip on Monday when the new recall notice went out for his replacement “safe” Note 7. Now he has a flight home tomorrow at…12:25. He can’t bring his phone with him. He can’t ship it home.

    Safe to say he’ll never buy a Samsung product again.

  4. Anyone trying to sneak a Samsung exploding phone onto an airplane should be treated like anyone trying to sneak a bomb onto a plane, and as a consequence, they should receive a very long prison sentence.

      1. We LIV types don’t need no good phones. We’s carry Samsung phones to lets us know each other if we done don’t wear our Trump button thingies. All’s we gotta do is pull out our Samsungs. (by the way, Donald tried to grab me by my Samsung at the rally last month.)

            1. Barnstorming is exciting. Running the country is not.

              As for the two candidates, a policeman friend told me this: both are habitual liars of convenience, but only one of them would pass a lie-detector test—the one who actually believes he’s telling the truth.

            2. Exciting? Well, I imagine being POTUS has to get kind of old, after the first few weeks of throwing your weight around and preening at photo ops. And when you’re 70, trying to make those 9 a.m. White House briefings must be difficult, after staying up til 3 a.m. issuing a flood of tweets. And surely it gets tiresome making thousands of new political appointments, even if you just pick the most attractive photo each time.

              On a more serious note: the endless, droning political contentiousness could be made more exciting by bringing back the venerable duel as an instrument of decision-making. Compromise, backdoor deals, bimbo brigades, and character assassination are so twentieth century. 😖 Let the national conversation begin!—what should be the choice of weapons: pistols at forty paces? broadswords? no-holds-barred wrestling? I vote for knitting needles.

            3. “And when you’re 70, trying to make those 9 a.m. White House briefings must be difficult…”

              You are quite mistaken.

              Trump does two to three rallies per day. Last summer, he did a rally in California, flew to Mexico City to summit with Mexican president, then flew to Phoenix that evening for another rally. He ain’t gonna have any problem with “9 am” briefings.

              HIllary Merkel, on the other hand, cannot sustain a 911 Memorial without being thrown into a van like a side of beef. She holds no press conferences and stays in hiding because she cannot keep up with Mr. T. Without the Yellow Stream Media campaigning for her, she would not be a viable candidate.

            4. LOL “thrown into a van like a side of beef” – shades of Trump who said that if she went down in Tianenmen Square, they’ll just leave her there. Not at all gentlemanly of either of you. But I suppose that when the future of liberty and autonomy are at stake, and when the woman is alleged to be the devil by respected religious leaders, and when Trump is sliding in the polls because of mildly intemperate comments — well, a little hyperbole never hurts, I suppose.

            5. You didn’t remark on my idea of legalising duels. Instead of random shootings, there would be reasoned shootings, resulting in ideas and policies winning out on the basis of personal confrontations. Congressional leaders would, of course, effect rules of engagement consistent with standing laws and standards of public decency. CSPAN ratings would go through the roof, legislation would be moved along, and we all would have found a practical social use for the Second Amendment. Just an idea.

            6. And yet Hamilon lives on, his face on the US ten-dollar bill and celebrated on Broadway, whilst Burr’s reputation labours under a blanket of ignominy. Maybe losing a duel—or an election, for that matter—is not quite the catastrophe after all…if what we’re talking about is the brand, it could be good. Very good.

            7. I suppose, but if were king of the forest (not prince, not duke, not earrlll), I’d have Thomas Jefferson on every United States Note and leave the British banks’ toady, Al Hamilton, on the Federal Reserve Notes. Trump has promised an audit of the Fed within his first 100 days, if he does and exposes the Creature of Jekyll Island, he will be as dead as JFK and Greenback Lincoln.

  5. Brick the phones, samsung. Cut off cellular services, service providers. Make these bombs useless so the fools that have decided they like these phones are forced to return them or put them in their museums. Even with all of this, there are Samsung fan-boys who are deciding to keep their Note 7s, thus endangering all of us. There is no viable way to keep these incendiary devices off of public transport, elevators OR EVEN airplanes. Period. The FCC or another agency needs to direct all cellular providers to cut of service to all of these phones imediately. The tech is there to do it. Or perhaps samsung has a way or google’s android team. This is a public safety issue as serious as a potential terrorist attach. Do it now.

  6. This is excellent news, and hopefully all airlines take the extra step of banning all Samsung devices. I actually agree with making these inactive, because there seems to be a vocal minority who doesn’t seem to understand how dangerous this is, and doesn’t care. So brick them. Send a message to the home screen that says “this device is unsafe, return immediately. All network services have been terminated until this device is exchanged” or something like that.

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