At this point, we can’t urge you enough to return your Galaxy Note 7 and get another device, but not everyone is going to listen. Many people, some with louder voices than others, are planning to stick with the phone, and that’s a bad, bad idea. As the days go by, more reasons are accumulating for why you should get rid of the phone, and the US government is adding another to the list ─ the Galaxy Note 7 has been banned from all US flights…

The FAA and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have stated that the Galaxy Note 7, both in its original and replacement form, will be banned from all US flights starting tomorrow, October 15th at 12 pm EST (via Bloomberg).

Previously the FAA required that Note 7 owners didn’t charge or use the device while flying, but with these new restrictions in place, anyone with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will not be permitted to board the aircraft. US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx had the following to say regarding the restrictions:

We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority. We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident in flight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.

While being denied boarding should be reason enough not to try to bring a Note 7 on a plane, the US government further states that “anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.” Further, the Galaxy Note 7 is now considered “forbidden hazardous material” according to US law.

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