WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has announced that U.S. airlines are no longer required to make a pre-boarding notification to passengers about the prohibition of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 on aircraft.
While the devices are still barred from both passenger and air cargo aircraft, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has lifted the requirement that airlines make the specific pre-boarding notification. According to DOT, the lift was made due to the high degree of public awareness of the ban, as well as the extensive efforts by Samsung and U.S. wireless providers to make all Note7 users aware of the phone’s recall and ban on U.S. aircraft.
The Department of Transportation issued an emergency restriction/prohibition order effective on Oct. 14, 2016, designating the Samsung Galaxy Note7 phone as forbidden on aircraft.
Samsung said that it has successfully recalled more than 96% of all Note7 devices in the U.S. since the order went into effect, and U.S. wireless providers have pushed out firmware created by Samsung that prevents batteries on the remaining devices from charging.
A large number of fires led to a recall of the device in September 2016. Samsung eventually terminated production when the proposed fix did not stop batteries from overheating and catching fire.