It is now a criminal offence to take a Galaxy Note 7 on a US airline

Passengers caught with troubled smartphone could be fined up to $179,933
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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 on flights. An emergency order document from the FAA has made it so that anyone caught flying with one of the devices could face a penalty fine of $179,933.

“The Emergency Order prohibits persons from offering for air transportation or transporting via air any Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked baggage, or as cargo; requires individuals who inadvertently bring a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device onto an aircraft immediately power off the device. 

“Not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, keep the device on their person, and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight.”

The document also states passengers could face up to ten years in prison if they are caught with one of the phones.

Airlines across Australia, Europe, and Asia have followed suit and banned passengers from boarding flights with aGalaxy Note 7. The phones are no longer available for purchase, following a failed recall of 2.5 million of the handsets.

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