Several airlines including Srilankan bans Samsung 7 Note

4096Several airlines including Srilankan Airlines have banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 over safety concerns.

Srilankan Airlines said that passengers will be informed at airport counters on the move to ban the phone on its flight.

Meanwhile the Guardian newspaper reported that airlines around the world have now banned Samsung’s troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone over the fire risks posed by the device’s lithium-ion battery.

Following a ban by the US Federal Aviation Authority, Japan’s transport ministry ordered airlines to completely ban the Note 7 from flights, including the country’s largest operators All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines.

South Korea’s Asiana has banned Note 7s from all flights, while almost all mainland Chinese airlines including Cathay Pacific have also banned the device. Hong Kong’s international airport have prohibited passengers from carrying the device on any incoming or outgoing flights, either in checked or carry-on baggage, while Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express have both joined the ban.

Australian and New Zealand airlines have banned the phone from all planes, as have Singapore Airlines, Taiwan’s two biggest airlines China Airlines and EVA Air and Malaysia-based AirAsia.

Korean Air follows Government guidelines requiring Note 7s to be turned off in-flight and only transported in carry-on luggage, operating a total ban on flights to-and-from the US, Canada and Hong Kong.

In Europe, Germany’s Air Berlin banned the Note 7 from flights from Saturday, while rival Lufthansa said that the device was banned on US flights and will soon be prohibited on all others. Italy’s flagship airline Alitalia joined in on the ban too, while British Airways prohibits the Note 7 on flights going to the US, Canada and Hong Kong.

Several airlines have also started taking the precaution of fitting planes with new fire-containment bags, which are designed to seal up and prevent electronic devices that have caught fire from damaging the plane.

The exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phablets have highlighted the risks of lithium-ion batteries and their potential for damage within enclosed or flammable environments. But they are not the first battery-containing devices to be banned from flights. (Colombo Gazette)