FAA Bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones From All Flights

Samsung says that Galaxy Note 7 owners will be able to swap their faulty smartphone for a different Samsung device, with a refund for any difference in price.

Samsung has permanently ended production and sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last week and has been offering users the chance to either get a refund or exchange it for a Galaxy S7 - the company's flagship handset.

Moreover, while in some countries Galaxy Note 7 bans are at the airlines' discretion, in the United States it's now a federal crime to bring a Note 7 onto a 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.

"These phones people were being advised not to use - and were not using - all of them are part of data and voice plans", Richard McCune, the plaintiffs' lawyer, said in an interview.

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

The Seychelles national carrier, Air Seychelles, is banning all Galaxy Note7 smartphones onboard all its aircraft effective immediately, the company announced in a press statement on Monday.

Samsung confirmed it is expanding a U.S. recall of the infamous smartphone to a total 1.9 million Note 7 phones, which includes the 1 million Galaxy Note 7s it recalled on September 15th 2016. The decision comes after some South Korean government and central bank officials voiced concerns about the potential impact of the Note 7 crisis on the domestic economy.

Samsung recalled around 2.5 million phones in September after complaints of exploding batteries. Because of the propensity of the Note7 phone to overheat and catch fire without warning, the FAA issued its ban to prevent the possibility of unsafe fires aboard aircraft.

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