Indian passengers can still carry their Samsung Note 7
devices on flights in their hand baggage in the switch-off mode, according to the earlier Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) guidelines issued on the matter, even as airlines across the world enacted bans on the carriage of the device over the weekend.
The DGCA was to issue a fresh advisory on carrying Samsung’s fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board flights by the middle of October, the Economic Times had reported earlier this month.
The fresh advisory was to be issued after the US Federal Aviation Authority revised its guidelines on carriage of the Note 7, the report had added.
As reported earlier
, at the beginning of September, theDGCA
asked passengers not to charge or switch on their Note 7 devices on board aircraft. They could however carry the device in their hand baggage in the switch-off mode.
Since then, many regulators and airlines have imposed restrictions on the device or completely banned its carriage on flights.
Here is a list of countries and airlines which have barred the Samsung phone:
Japan’s transport ministry, according to media reports
, completely banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from airplanes over the weekend.
2) Korean Air, for its part, has been following government guidelines requiring Note 7s to be turned off in-flight and only transported in carry-on luggage. However, it operates a total ban on the devices on flights to-and-from the US, Canada and Hong Kong, reports said.
3) Starting from Monday, another South Korean airline, Asiana, will enforce a ban on Note 7s from all its flights, reports said.
Australian airlines Qantas and Virgin Australia have also imposed a total ban on the devices,Sky News Australia
reported on Monday.
5) Over the weekend, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Pacific subsidiary Dragonair, Emirates, AirAsia, Hong Kong Express, and Etihad Airways have also imposed total bans on the carriage of the device.
According to media reports, Hong Kong’s international
airport over the weekend also decided to prohibit passengers from carrying the device on any incoming or outgoing flights, either in checked or carry-on baggage.
7) Taiwan’s two biggest airlines China Airlines and EVA Air have also banned the smartphones, reports said.
European airlines have also taken cognisance of the issue. With Berlin Air, Finnair, and Alitalia enforcing complete bans on the carriage of the device. According to the BBC
, Lufthansa currently has a ban on the device on all flights to the US. However, it is reportedly planning to impose the ban across all flights soon.
On October 14, the US Department of Transportation
(US DoT), along with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, announced that under an emergency order all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices were banned from “air transportation in the United States”. The ban has been effect since October 15. According to the US DoT
release, passengers may not carry the device “on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States”. Further, the device cannot even be “shipped as air cargo”.