Aviation Authority Bans Fire-Prone Note 7 From Beirut Flights

11/01/2016 - 18:23 PM

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 Lebanon’s Civil Aviation Authority Tuesday announced a ban on Galaxy Note 7 phones on flights departing from Beirut over safety concerns.

Aviation chief Mohammad Shahab al-Din said in a statement that passengers may not carry the Note 7 on flights due to fears that the recalled devices might catch fire.

A letter from the Internal Security Forces was sent to airport authorities informing them of the ban.

Following the approval of the Public Works and Transport Ministry, the airport opened an office in the departure area where passengers can deposit their Note 7 phones.

They can collect them when they return to Lebanon or replace them on the spot for another Samsung phone.

The U.S. Department of Transportation had banned the phone on all flights last month departing the country.

Following the U.S. ban, a number of civil aviation authorities across Asia and Europe followed suit.

Samsung recalled 2.5 million Note 7 units in September after a flaw was discovered that may cause the phone to catch fire.

The problem is related to an overheating Lithium-ion battery that powers the device.

In February, the International Civil Aviation Authority prohibited cargo shipments of lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft after pilots and plane manufacturers voiced concerns that they posed a fire risk.



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