Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia have all officially banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from being turned on flights and from being in checked luggage.
The three airlines are Qantas, its budget arm Jetstar, and Virgin Australia. According to the airlines, the ban is a measure of precaution and was not enforced at the behest of Australian aviation safety authorities.
At least one Galaxy Note 7 fire incident has been reported in Australia so far –a businessman’s device caught fire while charging, causing minor injuries and 1400 AUD in damages to the user’s hotel room.
I was just on a Qantas flight and they announced that anyone with a Galaxy note 7 needed to switch it off immediately.
Related to my post from yesterday, they also announced that if you drop your phone into your seat, to alert a flight attendant immediately and to not try to move the seat in order to find it.
In similar news, the FAA has declined to officially ban the phone. They issued the following statement:
In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.