Local PH airlines ban use of Samsung Note 7 inflight

The two domestic airline leaders Cebu Pacific and flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) have banned the charging and use of the Samsung Note 7 all throughout the flight due to safety concerns.

PAL said on Monday that the Note 7 units are allowed to be hand-carried, but the device must be switched off at all times.  Further, the airline said that the units will not be allowed to be checked in and will not be accepted as PAL cargo shipment.

“Safety remains a cornerstone of PAL operations and as such, the flag carrier will be ensuring full compliance on board each flight and is seeking the full cooperation of its passengers,” the airline said in a statement.

Cebu Pacific has previously barred the use of the Note 7 in-flight following the massive recall of the units.

“In light of the recent recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices due to safety issues, Cebu Pacific advises passengers that the usage and charging of the device are prohibited onboard all CEB and Cebgo flights beginning today, September 11, 2016, until further notice,” Cebu Pacific said in a statement.

“We sincerely hope for our passengers’ full cooperation, as the safety of everyone onboard our flights remains our utmost priority,” the airline added.

Some international airlines have also prohibited the use and charging of the units in-flights, heeding the recommendation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that travelers not use or charge Note 7s on flights. Going a step further, the FAA says that you shouldn’t put a Note 7 in your checked luggage either — bring it with you on board, but turn it off, is the message.

The Samsung Note 7 units were recalled by the Korean phone brand after reports of faulty components causing battery explosions.  Samsung urges Note 7 users to power down their unit and return it to their place of purchase to arrange a remedy of their choice.  The electronics company said it is already expedite shipments of replacement phones promised in the recall.

JBM

JBM has been blogging since 2005 and has maintained several blogs. She is a pediatrician by profession and is currently working at a government hospital in Mindanao.

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