Well if it isn’t Apple removing headphone sockets, the other big headline in the mobile technology world is Samsung and the cases of the batteries failing in the Note 7.
It’s raised more than a few eyebrows to say the least – with the US FAA taking an interest and issuing the following advice:
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.
Or to put it another way, don’t bother with the Galaxy Note 7 when on a plane.
The US FAA advice follows Qantas and Virgin Australia putting the same restriction in place.
For those of you with Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s, if you haven’t sent it in yet (as they’ve been recalled on a global level), it might be time to. Full details at https://news.samsung.com/global/statement-on-galaxy-note7
One thing in the air that is dangerous is the risk of fire (hence why smoking on planes is mostly banished to the past). However the risk of a Personal Electronic Device going up in flames is not one I would like to consider.
Least of all, it’s a good reminder that lithium batteries should not go in checked luggage, rather in your hand luggage.
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