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Travelers Should Know: Samsung Galaxy Note 7's Banned On U.S. Flights


Local travel experts are warning air passengers to get rid of their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones and their replacements before trying to fly.  A new ban, issued over the weekend on all U.S. flights, could cause big headaches for travelers who don’t know the latest. 

“It’s going to be challenging for travelers, especially until more information is dispensed.”

Travel expert, JoAnne Verboom, with Gagnon Travel says the challenge is coming from the recent cell phone ban by the U. S. Department of Transportation.

“If you have a Galaxy note 7 cell phone, the Department of Transportation has made an across the board ruling that you cannot bring that phone on any domestic flight going forward.”

The ban of course follows recent news reports of nearly 100 incidents of the devices overheating and sometimes injuring owners.  Verboom says travelers need to know what’s happening.  She says you cannot have the phone at all.

“Not in your carry on, not in your checked luggage.  You cannot bring that phone with you. If you try to go through security with one, it will be disposed of.  So, you need to be aware of the fact, before you get on a domestic flight, you need to get rid of that phone.”

The Federal Aviation Administration previously had urged travelers not to turn on or charge the phones, but the ban, which went into effect on Saturday is meant to keep travelers safe, but could cause big headaches for travelers who aren’t aware.  The state department says anyone traveling should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier about replacement or refund options.  Anyone caught trying to sneak a Note 7 on board could face fines and even criminal prosecution.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.