Samsung is already laying out the steps for how and when it will have new Galaxy Note 7s available, but everyone else is still dealing with the now-recalled first batch. Eight days ago the FAA warned travelers against using or charging them in-flight, and today put some teeth behind that with a pair of advisories for airlines (PDF) and passengers (PDF). If you’ve flown lately, you’ve probably heard some level of warning against using a Galaxy Note 7 or, on some flights, even all Samsung mobile devices, and the FAA’s Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) should provide more detail on what they’re looking for.
— The FAA (@FAANews) September 16, 2016
Now that the CPSC is involved and it’s an official recall, the FAA has also issued a reminder that hazardous material regs “prohibit air cargo shipments of recalled or defective lithium batteries and lithium battery-powered devices.” According to the FAA, if you have one of the recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones, the only way you can bring it with you is to follow these steps:
- Turn off the device
- Disconnect the device from any charging equipment
- Disable all applications that could inadvertently activate the phone (e.g. alarm clock)
- Protect the power switch to prevent its unintentional activation, and
- Keep the device in carry-on baggage or on your person (Do not place in checked baggage)
Or, just don’t bring it at all, and return the device immediately.