Over the past couple of weeks, you may have seen reports on the news about those exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones.
Well today, it got real. Turns out, those phones are such a problem that they've been banned from all flights in the US.
The emergency order ban was imposed by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
That mean it's completely banned. You can't place in your carry-on, store it in your hold luggage or put it in your pocket. You won't be able to ship it as cargo either.
Basically, if you try to board a plane with one, you're faced with ditching the phone there and then or not flying.
This applies to all flights to, from and within America. The ban came into effect today.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said,
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 inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.
Samsung has suspended the manufacture and sale of the Galaxy Note 7 in light of countless reports of the phone randomly exploding.
The device has been branded too great a risk by officials.
Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman Elliot F. Kaye said,
The fire hazard with the original Note7 and with the replacement Note7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall. I would like to remind consumers once again to take advantage of the remedies offered, including a full refund. It's the right thing to do and the safest thing to do.
Anyone who tries to sneak around the ban could face criminal prosecution in addition to fines.
So maybe just give in and get an iPhone.
"ONE OF US, ONE OF US!"