Icelandic Airlines Ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7 On Board - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Airlines Ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7 On Board

Published October 17, 2016

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Both Icelandair and WOW Air have joined the numerous other airlines around the world who have expressly forbidden passengers from bringing a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on board, for security reasons.

RÚV reports that WOW Air made an announcement to this effect on Facebook, saying that the phones are banned on board and in luggage. Icelandair took a similar tone, adding that anyone caught trying to knowingly bring the device onto a flight to the US or Canada will be escorted off the plane.

As reported, while most of the tech world is already aware that these phones are prone to spontaneous combustion or exploding, RÚV reports that not many Icelanders seem ready to say goodbye.

The phone, which is prone to spontaneous combustion due to a defect in the battery system, has already caused some trouble in Iceland. Two weeks ago, a plane was evacuated when smoke began to emanate from a phone. The next day, a man woke up to find his room filled with smoke, which came from another such phone, and the Friday before last, a 13-year-old girl almost had her hand burned by a phone that suddenly began melting.

If you own a Galaxy Note 7, return it to the retail outlet you purchased it from and ask for a refund.

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