Taiwan bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from U.S.-bound flights

10/15/2016 03:03 PM
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Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) Taiwan's China Airlines and EVA Air announced Saturday that all passengers and air crew are prohibited from bringing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone onto airplanes heading to the United States, including Guam and Hawaii, with immediate effect.

The two air carriers made the announcement after the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a ban on the Galaxy Note 7 on airplanes, which applies to both carry-on and checked baggage. The ban will go into effect beginning October 15 at 12 p.m. ET.

Since the Galaxy Note 7 was launched in August, many incidents of the devices overheating and even catching fire have been reported worldwide, including in Taiwan, and the problem was not solved after Samsung recalled the phones and replaced them with new ones.

Earlier this week, Samsung announced that it had stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 and would permanently end production of the model while providing refunds to consumers.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/cs

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