Published October 17, 2016
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.
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.