If you’ve taken a flight in the past few months, you’ve no doubt heard the seemingly endless announcements about the Samsung Galaxy Note7 ban. It’s announced by gate agents before boarding, it’s often announced multiple times by the flight attendants before departure and during the flight, there are automated airport announcements about it, etc.
While I understand the need for the announcements, I think we can all agree they became somewhat repetitive.
Well, if you’ve grown tired of the announcements, there’s good news. The FAA is no longer requiring airlines to announce the Samsung Galaxy Note7 ban. So while the ban is still in place, airlines just aren’t required to announce it anymore. Here’s the logic for the change in policy:
The Department of Transportation removed the requirement for air carriers to specifically notify passengers about the Note7 phone immediately prior to boarding due to the high degree of public awareness of the ban since issuance of the emergency restriction/prohibition order, as well as the extensive efforts by Samsung and U.S. wireless providers to make all Note7 users aware the phone is recalled and banned from transport on U.S. aircraft. The awareness of the ban is evidenced by the significant rate of recall returns.
Samsung said that it has successfully recalled more than 96% of all Note7 devices in the U.S. since this order went into effect, and U.S. wireless providers have pushed out firmware created by Samsung that prevents batteries on the remaining devices from charging.
Now, of course airlines still have the option of announcing the ban, so it’s possible that not all airlines will change their scripts overnight. However, I’d certainly expect the announcement to be phased out over the coming days and weeks.
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)