FAA Issues Airline Guidance for Recalled Devices
PHOTO: The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (TravelPulse file photo)
Eight days after it issued a statement warning consumers not to pack their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in checked luggage, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday also issued its guidance to airlines regarding this product and all recalled devices.
Samsung has had to recall more than a million of the Galaxy Note 7 models after numerous reports that the battery can overheat and explode.
On Sept. 8, the FAA asked airline passengers who have the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to avoid putting the device in checked luggage due to concerns that the battery could overheat and cause a fire.
The agency also asked passengers who carry the phones onto the planes with them to not turn them on or charge them during the flight.
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On Friday, the FAA made its position known to airlines.
“The FAA issued the Safety Alert for Operators, or SAFO, in conjunction with a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration safety advisory,” the agency said in a statement. “The SAFO urges the airlines: to ensure that cargo and passenger processing employees, and those responsible for cabin safety, are aware of the rules; to ensure that cargo customers are aware of the rules; and to include information and guidance on their websites about damaged or recalled lithium batteries and devices.”
The SAFO notes that the hazardous material regulations do not preclude an airline from proactively placing its own restrictions on carrying or using specific lithium battery products on board aircraft, prior to an official government recall or advisory.
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