We’re well over a month into the saga of the Galaxy Note 7 recall, and events have taken many different twists and turns since the beginning of September. The crux of the situation is that Samsung faced a serious issue with Galaxy Note 7 phones that have a high propensity of batteries failing, leading to personal and property damage. In the original, pre-recall Note 7, hundreds of phones worldwide have had critical failures.
On October 10, Samsung issued a statement that it is halting sales of the Galaxy Note 7 globally and encouraging consumers to return their Galaxy Note 7 to where they bought it from. Shortly after, Samsung officially cancelled the phone, and the U.S. authorities issued a second recall, banning sales of the Note 7, and forbidding passengers from bringing it on-board airplanes.
Anyone who’s flown in the last several weeks has heard the flight crew order passengers with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones — which can catch fire because of an overheating battery — to power down completely. Last week, however, the Department of Transportation went a giant step further, issuing an emergency order that bans passengers and flight crews from even bringing the Galaxy Note 7 on a flight.
The order, which took effect at noon on Saturday, said the phones may not be carried on board or packed in checked bags on flights to and from the United States or within the country. The phones also can’t be shipped as air cargo.
At first, the government said people who try to board a plane with the phones might face a fine, but now it’s saying passengers will simply not be allowed to board.
But passengers who try to get around the new rule by packing the phone in their checked luggage may be subject to criminal prosecution and fines of up to $179,933 for each violation.
Passengers who are currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone.
Nomura Securities predicted this week that the decision to ditch the Note 7 would cost Samsung $9.5 billion in lost sales and put a $5.1 billion dent in profit between this month and the end of 2017.