Got this Samsung phone? Well, now you can't use it on UAE planes
Take note, passengers! Or, well, leave your Note at home actually.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has been served with some major restrictions for those travelling on board national airlines in the UAE.
Why, you ask? Well, remember that little problem some of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have?
Thanks to that fault, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has advised passengers not to turn on or charge the device during flights, and to also avoid keeping it in checked baggage.
Emirates released a statement confirming the ban on board their aircraft, saying: “Emirates Airline can confirm with immediate effect it will advise customers not to turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights or stow them in checked baggage due to concerns over the phone’s fire-prone batteries.”
Low-cost airline Flydubai issued a similar request.
Why is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploding?
It seems to be the battery. An estimated 2.5 million units contain faulty batteries, which, when faced with overheating from excessive charging, cause the phone to catch fire, and subsequently kaboom.
The reports of incidents haven’t been pretty, either.
New York resident Nathan Dornacher recently left the phone charging in his car as he went into his house, only to encounter the below upon exiting:
The culprit, his Samsung Galaxy Note 7, didn’t survive.
While only 35 cases of the phone exploding have been reported, Samsung has still issued a worldwide recall on all Galaxy Note 7s.
How much is the worldwide recall costing Samsung? Oh, about Dhs13 billion off this year’s smartphone revenue. The move will also cut smartphone profit margins by 1.5 per cent.
What’s happening in the UAE?
The existing Note 7 stock has been pulled from the market by Samsung Gulf while they try to work out which units have been affected.
Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of Consumer Protection in the UAE Ministry of Economy, has said that Samsung Gulf have agreed to exchange or replace Galaxy Note 7 devices sold in the UAE (around 19,000).
For any further enquiries call the Ministry of Economy, who oversee consumer protection, on (600) 52225.
Images: Facebook/Nathan Dornacher, Getty