Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is one of the most beautiful smartphones ever produced. Unfortunately, however, the flagship device suffers from major issues and in some cases can actually catch fire.
Following a global recall, Transport Canada has echoed the same statement as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration by informing passengers to avoid using or charging the Note 7 while on board a flight.
“Transport Canada is advising air operators, passengers and crew of this safety risk and recommends that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices be carried in the cabin, where an incident can be immediately mitigated, and not in checked baggage. Transport Canada also strongly recommends against using or charging these devices in the cabin of an aircraft,” said Transport Canada in a release.
Air Canada and Porter Airlines have both followed guidelines by Transport Canada, noting an alert on their websites.
“Air Canada advises passengers to follow Transport Canada’s recommendations not to turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on board aircraft, and not to stow them in checked baggage.”
Samsung pulled the 5.7-inch Note 7 from all retail channels on September 2nd, noting 35 cases of the device exploding and causing damage. In total, Samsung sold 2.5 million units and is reportedly planning to continue sales later this month.
According to Samsung, the reason for the battery bursting into flames is “an issue with the battery cell. An overheating of the battery cell occurred when the anode-to-cathode came into contact which is a very rare manufacturing process error.”
[source] Transport Canada [/source][via] Air Canada, Porter [/via]