NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has banned passengers from carrying Samsung Galaxy 7 in switch on mode on flights.
“In light of the recent incidents involving battery incidents with Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices globally, traveling public and airlines are advised not to switch on these mobiles during the flight or stow them in any checked in baggage,” read a DGCA order issued today.
The aviation regulator clarified that a passenger can carry such phone on board in switch off mode and in cabin baggage.
The DGCA order came after the global aviation regulators like the US Federal Aviation Authority warning passengers not to turn on or charge their phones because of concerns about the devices.
It is one of the first times that the FAA or DGCA has warned people about a specific device, this time referring to the new Galaxy Note 7.
Following recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration said it “strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft, and not to stow them in any checked baggage.”
The unusual warning adds to the headache for Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone marker, as it scrambles to replace millions of Note 7 phones around the world.
Some international airlines have already taken steps to stop people from using the devices on their aircraft.
Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia say they are telling passengers not to turn on Note 7s or charge them on flights.
Delta (DAL) said in a statement that it would “comply with any directive and are studying this matter.” American (AAL) said it was “in touch with the FAA” regarding the issue.
Samsung said a week ago that it was halting sales of the Note 7 and would recall 2.5 million devices in 10 countries, including South Korea and the US. The company will replace th ..
The embarrassing announcement came just two weeks after the flagship phone’s release and days ahead of the unveiling of rival Apple’s iPhone 7.
A comprehensive US ban on using the Note 7 on airplanes could be triggered by an official recall on the product. Such a decision needs to be made by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which so far has not commented on the Samsung phone, the CNN report said.