Horror stories from the flight ban of Samsung’s exploding phones

“On Saturday the federal flight ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones went into effect in the United States,” Rhett Jones reports for Gizmodo. “We asked our readers how this was working out around the globe and from the replies we’ve received, it’s safe to say that, so far, this sucks.”

“The Transportation Department’s decision to ban the Note 7 from all flights came just days after Samsung announced that it was killing the phone for good,” Jones reports. “That short window left little time for the manufacturer, wireless carriers, and airlines to present a plan for consumers—and it’s unclear if anyone even has one. So far, it seems that Samsung wants you to return the phone in this fireproof box, airlines say to leave it the fuck at home, and according to one reader, a wireless carrier suggested smuggling it in a sock.”

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t smuggle your POS Samsung in a sock (or anywhere else), risking blowing up an airplane full of crew and passengers, including yourself.

Jones reports, “Rahul tells us: ‘At the security checkpoint as a husband/partner was saying goodbye to his wife/partner, she gave her phone to him because she thought she couldn’t take it on the plane. It was a Galaxy S5 or S6, I couldn’t really tell, but definitely not a Note. So lots of confusion. Finally, we are putting a lot of faith in flight attendants who don’t know the difference between a laptop and a tablet let alone a nuanced issue like what’s happening with the Note. I wouldn’t be surprised if we lose access to our cell phones pre-take off again as a result of Samsung’s fuck up.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Tough shit.

If you wasted your money on a wannabe iPhone from an Intellectual Property- and Trade Dress-trampling South Korean dishwasher maker, you deserve your karmic desserts.

Next time, dummy, get a real iPhone.

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

A plane full of Apple iPhone users:
iPhone 747

A plane full of Samsung phone users:
Samsung plane

Analyst estimates 5-7 million ex-Samsung phone users to switch to Apple iPhone – October 17, 2016
U.S. air passengers who try to take Samsung’s exploding phones onto planes face fines, confiscation, criminal prosecution – October 15, 201
Samsung has no clue why their phones explode, yet they shipped replacements anyway, assuring their customers they were safe – October 14, 2016
United States bans all Samsung Note 7 phones on airline flights – October 14, 2016
Beleaguered Samsung’s cellphone dilemma – October 13, 2016
Exploding Galaxy phones: What did Samsung know and when did they know it? – October 12, 2016
Apple or Android phone makers: Who wins more on Samsung’s Galaxy collapse? – October 12, 2016
People are dumping Samsung’s unsafe, exploding phones and upgrading to Apple’s iPhone – October 12, 2016
Social media users mock beleaguered Samsung’s explosive phones – October 11, 2016
Replacement Galaxy Note 7, deemed ‘safe’ by Samsung, catches fire in Scottish hotel room – October 11, 2016
Samsung axes explosive Galaxy Note 7, shares plummet – October 11, 2016
Drexel Hamilton projects 8 million iPhone unit gain for Apple this year alone due to Samsung’s exploding phones debacle – October 11, 2016
Samsung takes multi-billion-dollar hit to end exploding phones fiasco – October 11, 2016
Beleaguered Samsung permanently ceases Galaxy Note 7 production – October 11, 2016


    1. Compared to Apple, where in two instances I brought iPhone’s in with cracked screens and no insurance and both were replaced for free (even though I did not have insurance or AppleCare) once the rep looked at my account and saw how many devices my family has registered on my iCloud account.

      BTW, my neighbor went to replace her washing machine this weekend and was going to buy a Samsung (they also are an Android family) but had to pick another brand because either Samsung or Lowes has a sales hold on Samsung washers because of the pending recall on Samsung washers for fire danger.

        1. Maybe the link is fixed, I had no problem arriving at the seekingalpha.com article. You may want to check your browser of possible hijacking code if you continue to have instances where you’re redirected to a different site than you intended.

  1. Yes the authorities act quickly to prevent a potential disaster and all we get is there doesn’t seem to be a plan. Yep well a plan to cover for this manipulative, deceptive excuse for a business f..king up big time and trying to cover it up would have taken till Christmas to sort out so that everyone knows how to recognise between a phone and a disguised incendiary device. So best play it safe eh, rather that we have too many affected than too few surely.

    1. The current complaints are rather humorous in juxtaposition to the ones a week or two ago that were complaining that the U.S. government was moving too slowly in taking action.

      The classic no-win situation…

      1. I think that it will get more insidious when the airlines are too clueless or too lazy to differentiate between Samsung bombs and Apple iPhones. They likely will move to ban all phones on planes. It is also highly likely that we will see an rash of ‘new phone fires’ orchestrated by Samsung using iPhones that have been tampered with. I don’t trust Samsung at all.

        1. Samsung would be well advised to avoid any shenanigans. They’ve already been caught cheating on benchmarks, now they have QA issues… if an investigation into multiple fires points to a conspiracy by Samsung itself, they’re toast.

          Die-hard Samsung users might do it, of course, but after a month, with probably 10x the number of Note 7s ever sold, and no pattern of exploding iPhone 7-s to date, so a sudden rash now would be looked on with great skepticism.

    2. There is absolutely no way this can all be planned, communicated and everyone trained in less than a week.

      Planning requires organization, coordination and communication from the bureaucracies at the top of regulatory agencies, mobile carriers, and Samsung itself, to the lowest rungs of the ladder i.e. the staff interacting with the public to either refuse passage at airports, or handling returns at shops.

      Priority 1 was banning them from flights ASAP due to unacceptably high risk of them burning up. Any chaos or inconvenience this causes to owners and innocent bystanders is secondary.

      Anyone complaining about this “poor planning” being on the heads of authorities, you may as well whine about the authorities closing US airspace on 9/11 without a plan, including proper consideration for the people that would be stranded in airports abroad. The Note 7 is obviously not as bad an emergency, but it was an emergency order just the same.

  2. All the sign posts were there as a warning but clueless Fandroid & faux-iPhone buyers blundered ahead and now potentially to their own Darwinian end. Or at the very least being data mined out the ying-yang, fragmented & security breached. When is it enough for you to finally avoid Android phones altogether despite whatever imaginary “advantages” you’ve made up in your head?

    And when will Leo Laporte stop being a shill for Android and ill-advising people?

    1. Still upvoting your own lame comments I see.
      This. Is. Pathetic.

      Waiting for your dumb reply.
      Undoubtedly it’ll be something asinine like, “Still a idiot I see…”

        1. No, says you.
          Every time you post ranting insults and ‘samsplode’ lunacy.
          Your sense of self worth is linked to freaking stars on a website, and it’s flippin OBVIOUS that you are voting up your own comments.
          That is sad.

          1. Like many I am having fun at SamSplode’s expense, so kindly shove off.

            A little TOO sensitive aren’t we MDN anonymous Blue Moon = Samsung shill. Truly the humorless boors like you are only worth laughing at with your bold boneheaded cluelessness.

            Admit it, you were the puny guy in PE class always the first to get wedgied & towel whipped?

            1. I’m a Mac user you tool, and if you think I’m about to use my real name here where deranged nut jobs like you are skulking you’re dumber than you sound.
              Also, YOU are anonymous too. Cretin.

              Fire your shrink and get another one.

            2. Well it’s obvious your shrink isn’t working for you. Try to calm yourself but I know that must be hard for a Manic Depressive who is always in borderline rage mode and generally mad at the world.

              I am not anonymous since I am a single consistent identity. You however pick multiple anonymous names everyday, depending on who you want to moronically attack on any given web site on any given day. Talk about a coward. You are about as disingenuous and defining of a posting troll as possible. (Sometimes posting multiple identities that agree with each other! I’d call that psycho.) And hilariously righteous.

              I can only imagine the angry pool of spittle you’ve accumulated on your beat-up keyboard. Have you always been this much of a miserable wretch? Ever notice you’re the only one going off his rocker here?

            3. You just reflect it all back don’t you?
              Haha. How stupid can you be??
              I don’t need a shrink, my mental health is great.
              You are borderline insane.
              I’m not the one posting sadistic rants every single day.
              You are.
              I post a comment in reply to one of your idiotic blathing posts from Saturday, just a while ago, and you repeat it with your own dumb twist:
              I correctly said that you have no life, no friends and almost certainly no family. I GUARANTEE you’re not married as no sane person would put up with a manic lunatic like you for more than ten seconds….. and you come back with, “Admit it, you were the puny guy in PE class always the first to get wedgied & towel whipped?”


              I also would surmise that you’re a self employed graphic artist, web guy, or you’re in media of some kind. I say self employed because you’re absolutely unemployable. Those sort of jobs allow you to be, where you belong, in your trashy little dump, surrounded by beer cans and pizza boxes, and most importantly of all; away from people.

              As for ‘anonymous’ and ‘coward’? Again, you’re simply reflecting back what you yourself are.

              So yeah, while I visit this site once in a while you live here.
              Your life is that empty.

              Disingenuous is an adjective that means ‘not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does’.
              In your case, you do not need to pretend.

            4. Look at your post completely losing it I rest my case. Go away. There’s not a problem here that needs fixing, well except for your total absence.

              My life? Heh. You have no idea troll. Whats even funnier is you no doubt have even seen some of my work elsewhere, which played on a global scale. A beautiful Swedish wife and extensive family, loads of professional & lifelong friends – stuff you can only dream about. (And frankly I don’t give a rat’s ass if you believe me or not so trying to disingenuously downplay it will fall on deaf ears.) You’re not the first guy trying to taunt me and describe my life but in the process really only be describing their own pathetic misfire of a life.

              Notice yet the troll quality of your posts only increasing in screeching volume? Yes indeed, I rest my case for the mental case that is you.

            5. Hahaha.
              Now you’re inventing a “beautiful Swedish wife” to make us think you are anything but what you really are.
              A loser.
              — I rest MY case. —

              Listen: There’s not a chance that any woman would be so stupid as to subject herself to someone as nasty and vile as you, and as for your “extensive family, loads of professional & lifelong friends”….
              Well, in other words, you live alone, you’re divorced, your kids don’t want anything to do with you and you have two drinking buddies that don’t really like you but just happen to be in the same bar when you show up.

              Nobody, and I mean NOBODY that has a balanced life spews the amount of hatred out onto the internet as you do.
              You are just about the biggest psycho I’ve seen online anywhere and you are unequivocally suffering from some form of mental illness.

              As I said, I come here once in a blue moon and every single time, you are here posting complete bullshit.
              I don’t mean sometimes, I mean EVERY time – without exception. At all times of the day too. You’re online 20 hours a day???

              The funniest thing you posted today now claims I comment with multiple names and reply to myself.
              You know what that is called?

              Even better, to make it look like your stupid comments are popular you somehow vote down anyone who you don’t like (as if they care) and vote up your own comments. Everyone else has 5 or 9 votes. You have 50, all 5 stars, and I have the same number, all 1 stars.

              “beautiful Swedish wife” 💋
              Buddy, you just made my Monday.

            6. As I said, your verbose response bespeaks your foul essence of troll. You can disparage my life all you want, I could give a sh*t. I know what it is but of course because of your own pathetic ego & existence I couldn’t possibly have a better life than yours living in a van down by the river.

              What’s hilarious is the irony of the level of your own hatred and the violence of your posts completely in troll style. Truly sad.

              Multiple identity trolls have been on this site and since anyone can do it it’s hardly paranoid. It’s been a typical tactic and the more fools like you belittle the idea the more suspect you become. Or are you a complete imbecile and can’t see how easy it would be to do that?

              I’ve also been to the Academy Awards 11 times and I could regale you with so much more, but I’d hate to make you feel any more inferior or suffer from increased self-loathing than you do plainly already. Yep, Swedish, and beautiful. So are her two sisters. You’ve obviously bitterly settled for the mongrel you picked. Excuse me as I laugh at your expense because it’s all true BM.

              Hmmm, Bowel Movement might be a better non de plume for you.

            7. One last thing, I don’t have to prove anything to you. While you lie like a dog I have been truthful. All your posts are mean spirited, hateful and vile. Truly a troll. Yet you set yourself up laughably as a paragon of virtues and moral arbiter in a voice that reeks of hate. No doubt the lonely scenario you paint for me (a fantasy I assure you) describes your own life to a tee. It must for as you say “no sane person would put up with a manic lunatic like BM for more than ten seconds.” You are decidedly NOT a nice guy but then I think you already know that.

            8. “non de plume”
              It’s nom de plume you dope.

              I’m just fine, I’m not a troll, I’m not here on a daily basis, I have no mental issues, and:
              I have successfully kept you replying over and over again because this is who you are, this is what you do, this is why you exist.

              Now you post TWO comments because you thought of more nasty bilious tripe to fling and HAD to get back on and vent it.

              “I’ve also been to the Academy Awards 11 times…”
              “your verbose response bespeaks your foul essence of troll.”
              Dude, you cannot even compose a logical sentence in English.

              You’ve been to the Academy Awards and I’m Bette Midler.

              I bet you live in a palace in the south of France and have pet tigers too.

              This just keeps getting better and better.

            9. I’ve heard your exact boorish troll logorrhea before and like all trolls you don’t have an original bone in your body. The grammatical critique BS is equally predictable, wrong and boring. The mocking only cements what you truly are asswipe so all you’ve done is give yourself away. I suggest you give it a rest before you have an aneurism (for which we can only hope). And once again I chuckle at your complete doofusity in regards to the truthful things I’ve said about myself. It IS funny for if I told you everything about myself you wouldn’t believe that either. Heh. But what can I expect dealing with a BM person of diminished capacity? Oh did I mention Halle Berry once put her hand on my shoulder working with her on a film, or that I worked with J.J. Abrams? You won’t believe that truth either. The laugh is truly on you.

            10. The grammar critique is easy because you are not anywhere close to as clever as you pretend to be.
              You HYSTERICAL “Non de plume” gaffe was what made me laugh the most.
              “your complete doofusity in regards to the truthful things” is about as dumb, but just as funny.

              So now we have truthful things?! Such as your beautiful Swedish wife?
              What a crock.
              She could not be from Des Moines, no, she had to be Swedish.

              And the 11 times to the Academy.
              What, did you provide the mats?
              What a colossal ass you are.

              The “laugh” is on you pea brain.
              I now know you’re nothing but a blathering liar, and that you are even more stupid than I had already thought.

              And even AFTER I told you I’m just trying to see how many times I can get you to reply, you STILL come back.

              You have a command of the English language more befitting an ape. The more angry you get the more childish your name calling gets.
              “a BM person of diminished capacity?”
              What the blank does that even mean?????

            11. I use language in a creative way (which you of course will attempt to criticize being a true troll) only you’re too stupid to understand it apparently. Will “See Jane run” work for your level of comprehension? Ape level writing ability is more befitting of your own cretinous scrawls.

              Again, everything I said about myself was true (and there’s so much more your puny brain would find difficult to grasp seeing as your own life is a major FAIL, hence the reason you’re on a site like this attacking an MDN regular – which you are not – with nothing better to do) but I don’t give a rats ass if you believe me or not. I know you hesitate telling me you have anything comparable in achievements since you have none other than wearing a greasy hairnet in your minimum wage day job.

              You’re a typical troll (sounding EXACTLY like one I’ve tangled with here before), finding imagined lack of writing skills in a simple typo but it’s only a pyrrhic victory by a major clueless doofus. Other grammatical disingenuousness ensues as you attempt to elevate yourself out of the moron troll gutter, unsuccessfully. You’re truly a sad pathetic little troll.

            12. You’re not going to rest.
              Not at all.
              You’re going to reply to every last post I make and you can’t stop.

              You are a liar.
              You have no Swedish wife (haha, that’s still funny) and no life except trolling this site.

              As I’ve said, I’ve been here for a few days, YOU have been at this for YEARS.
              And now you get to come here over and over to respond to me. As many times as I see fit.

            13. I DON’T GIVE A RAT’S BEHIND IF YOU BELIEVE ME OR NOT. It’s all true nonetheless. I know it must grate on you since you are firing with nothing but blanks. Your constant taunts bespeak a truly loathsome & deplorable asshole with absolutely no shred of intelligence. And you have the nerve to come on here and criticize me. Jerk.

  3. This is exactly why the US Gov must demand that carriers block access by ALL Note 7s, bricking them. Then the idiots that think they can endanger lives, and those who do not even know that they have a Note 7, will wake up and send or take these bombs back where they belong, in Korea or a bomb dump or whatever. The fact is that the FAA has banned completely the EXISTANCE of any Note 7 on any flight, regardless if it is turned on, checked or not, period. No where. And they should not merely confiscate but fine and file criminal charges against anyone, ANYONE, who tries to or does get one of these things anywhere near a flight.

  4. On AndroidCentral forums, there is (at least) one guy who declared that he will keep his device: “It is working perfectly fine, not even warming up, charging fine, nothing wrong with it, so I’m keeping it”. There is, of course, an abundance of responses advising against it (“It is already difficult to take it anywhere legally, as it is being banned from flying, and soon from trains / buses, and it is quite likely that the device will be blocked by carriers from accessing mobile networks…”). And the smarta$$ goes “I don’t care, it is the best phone on the planet and I’ll use it for as long as I possibly can. I’ll use it on WiFi…”

    Some people truly are sheep…

    1. To put this in perspective how do you think iPhone users would act if the same number of iPhone 7 Plus devices had the same problem that appears just as hard to replicate in the lab as Samsung is reporting. From articles I have seen the battery ‘solution’ was first announced since they could find no other problem and just thought they were safe with that assumption. Obviously with a few replacement devices also having the same catastrophic problem it was not just the battery if the cause was the battery at all.

  5. I have zero sympathy for these Samsung customers. If they were following the first recall story they would of known that Samsung cut corners and rushed that product to market. Upon learning this, they should of exchanged those defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and purchsed iPhones. Instead, many of these customers kept their original Note 7’s, or they were foolish enough to trust Samsung again and decided to get the replacement devices. They gambled and lost.

    In addition, Samsung has proven twice that they can no longer build safe smartphones. As a result, anyone purchasing ANY Samsung smartphone should have no sympathy if that phone had issues or caused financial harm.

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