Galaxy Note 7s on a Plane Are a Federal Crime

Back a couple of days ago, news broke that the FAA announced a complete ban of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone from all US airlines. This was the result of multiple safety concerns regarding the phone that’s now gotten a reputation of blowing up. Now, in a rather unexpected but unsurprising move, the FAA has issued a new law that if you attempt to bring this handset on a flight, you’ll be committing a federal crime.

Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order No. FAA-2016- 9288 states that you’re now no longer allowed to bring a Galaxy Note 7 onto a flight via “on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked baggage, or as cargo.” If you’re found to be with a Note 7 in your possession, you’ll be asked to power down the handset immediately and turn off any features that may cause it to come back on such as alarm clocks. You’re also (obviously) not allowed to charge it. Oh, and if a carrier does discover you have a Note 7, they have the right to throw you off the flight. In other words, “deny boarding to a passenger.”

In the eyes of the country, it seems that the FAA is doing the right thing. Sure, plenty of people will be inconvenienced by this even more than they were with the initial ban, but by executing this action, customers will now a) be more likely to trade in their Note 7 and/or buy a different model, and b) be safer when traveling publicly. But looking at it from Samsung’s perspective, things couldn’t get any worse. It was already bad when they banned the Note 7, but now it’s against the law to carry one on a plane. Clearly, this is terrible for the company’s image, so it’ll be interesting to see how they recover from this major incident in the future if they do so at all.

So let’s say you did bring a Note 7 onto a plane and you were then escorted off. What would be your penalty? Well, according to the FAA, fliers who bring the device on an airline are “subject to civil penalties of up to $179,933 for each violation for each day they are found to be in violation (49 U.S.C. 5123).” There’s also the possibility that you could be prosecuted, something that may “result in fines under title 18, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both (49 U.S.C. 5124).” So in other words, don’t bring your Note 7 on a plane.

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