Bringing a Galaxy Note 7 onto an airplane is now a federal crime

Discussion in 'World Events' started by Plazma Inferno!, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

    The Federal Aviation Administration officially banned Galaxy Note 7s from being brought onto airplanes earlier this week, and under a new Emergency Restriction / Prohibition Order, it’s now a federal crime to fly with the device.
    The FAA issued Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order No. FAA-2016- 9288 on Friday, which states that as of noon on October 15, fliers are prohibited from bringing the device onto an aircraft. The order restricts passengers from carrying the phone "on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked baggage, or as cargo," and says that anyone who inadvertently brings one on a plane must power it down immediately. Carriers are also required to "deny boarding to a passenger in possession" of the phone.
    Passengers who bring a Note 7 onto a plane are "subject to civil penalties of up to $179,933 for each violation for each day they are found to be in violation (49 U.S.C. 5123)," and could be prosecuted, which could "result in fines under title 18, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both (49 U.S.C. 5124)."
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  3. Daecon Kiwi fruit Valued Senior Member

    So... a class action lawsuit against Samsung?
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  5. danshawen Valued Senior Member

    Any lithium ion battery whose mylar pillow case wrap becomes punctured or damaged is basically a 2000 degree Farenheight torch which will destroy anything it touches and/or inflict 2nd and 3rd degree burns if it catches fire while inside a luggage compartment or your clothing.

    Previously there was a Federal restriction about transporting those batteries by aircraft at altitudes greater than 15,000 ft.

    I don't know what happened to those original regulations, but in view of the fact that older li ion batteries tend to inflate their unvented packaging placing more stress on containment of their chemical constituents, I really don't understand why the original regulations were ever eased.

    The addition of manganese to the battery chemistry reduced but did not eliminate the potential fire hazard.

    Samsung also is distinguished as one of the worst brands by ignoring restrictions on transmit antenna placement. Most manufacturers had the good sense to keep microwave energy as far away from ears as possible, but Samsung was not listed among them. Always check the SAR rating. If it is greater than about 1.5 W/kg, leave the phone on the shelf.
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  7. Kittamaru Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Adieu, Sciforums. Valued Senior Member

    I would say that, so long as Samsung makes a good-faith effort to make this right (recall and refund all sales, paying for any damages, would be a good start) that a class-action lawsuit isn't really necessary.

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