Sept 15 (NIA) – Sri Lanka, on Thursday, joined a growing list of countries to ban the Samsung Galaxy Note7 from its flights after several incidents were recorded globally, involving the battery of the Note7.
In a notice which appeared at the country’s main Bandaranaike International Airport, it said that passengers were prohibited in stowing the phones in their check in baggage and passengers must keep the phone switched off while on board.
The Airport further instructed passengers to not charge the phones while on board the flight and inform cabin crew if a phone is damaged, hot, produces smoke, lost or falls into the seat structure.
Sri Lanka is not alone in banning the Samsung Galaxy Note7 from its flights. The United States, Australia, Singapore, the UAE, Pakistan, India and the Philippines have also issued similar advisories for their respective airlines after the South Korean company announced that it was halting sales of the phone as it had found nearly three-dozen cases of Note7’s battery heating or exploding.
The company hasn’t issued a recall of the device from its existing customers but has advised them to stop using the Galaxy Note7.
Media reports said that this is the first time any smartphone manufacturer has banned sales of a flagship phone after faulty battery issues. This unprecedented move has also created challenges for airlines, who have to now ensure that their customers aren’t carrying the Galaxy Note7, reports said.