Samsung Phones Now Banned from Planes

As you've likely heard by now, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phones are exploding. These defective phones have been banned from planes as they have the potential to cause a national disaster. They're already well on their way, causing mini-tragedies across the globe. So far the phones are responsible for burning a 7 year-old boycausing a Jeep to set afire, and generally catching fire.
The incendiary phones are now banned from use while aboard a plane, including charging. Multiple incidents have led up to the ban, with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Aviation Administration releasing official statements urging Samsung owners to stop using their phones. Airline after airline have requested that passengers turn off and put away their Galaxy Note 7 phones. So far, the airlines that have verbally taken action against Samsung are American Airlines, Qantas, Jetstar, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad, and Flydubai with Philippines airline Cebu Pacific Air joining the ban train just yesterday.

As of 2 September, Samsung has issued a recall on 2.5 million of its flagship phone although it's claimed that only 24 units in a million were affected by a rare malfunction. The recall was issued after 35 reports of lithium batteries exploding while charging. On further investigation, Samsung has determined that the explosion is caused by a battery cell issue.

Those with Galaxy Note 7 phones are urged to bring their phone to the place of purchase or to directly contact Samsung. In a statement, president of mobile communications DJ Koh stressed that "Our [Samsung] number one priority. We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note 7s and exchange them as soon as possible. We are expediting replacement devices so that they can be provided through the exchange program as conveniently as possible and in compliance with related regulations. We sincerely thank our customers for their understanding and patience."

Replacing the phones will cost the South Korean manufacturer something around $1 billion, according to Bloomberg.  The exchange program will be implemented 19 September, or check out this post for more details.

This disaster has fallen at an inconvenient and unfortunate time for the increasingly-successful Samsung. The Galaxy Note 7 was pitted to go up against the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, even surpass them in sales. Apart from this, the Galaxy Note 7 has been well-received by critics. Hopefully the company will be able to recover from this incident and move ahead with innovative and groundbreaking technological advancements.

When faced with a difficult situation, people resort to any means to hold onto their phones.

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