After many incidents of battery explosion across the world, budget carrier SpiceJet today barred passengers from carrying Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in hand, check-in baggage and cargo. Citing the DGCA advisory the airliner said, “Passengers are not permitted to carry the Galaxy Note 7 onboard, in hand baggage, check-in baggage or even as cargo in any of the SpiceJet flights.” In the recent past, many incidents of battery explosion in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone prompted the company to suspend manufacturing and sale of the model.
Aviation regulator DGCA too, last month, had issued a fresh advisory on Galaxy Note 7 asking passengers not to carry them onboard flights. “In light of recent incidents involving Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, travelling public and airlines are advised to ensure there is no carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices onboard including as checked in luggage/ cargo on any aircraft on flight to, from or within India,” DGCA said in a circular on October 17.
SpiceJet is not the only airliner in India to ban the beleaguered company’s smartphone from flights. Among them are US aircraft, Vistara, AirAsia, Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger airlines, Japan Airlines, Air Berlin and Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Alitalia.
South Korea’s government has asked Samsung Electronics to extend the refund period for its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that have been subject to an unprecedented recall.