US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from airliners starting Saturday
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 nightmare continues and it's going to cause major travel headaches. Starting Saturday at noon, you can't take the device on any airline flights in response to reports of the phone catching on fire.
The Transportation Department issued an emergency order on Friday. It says the phone 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.
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The department says passengers who attempt to travel with the phones will have the phones confiscated and may be subject to criminal prosecution and fines.
Samsung recalled more than 2.5 million of the smartphones and discontinued the product earlier this week.
Numerous fires have been reported, including one on a Southwest Airlines flight earlier this month in Louisville when a passenger's note-7 caught fire and filled the cabin with smoke.
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