NCAA warns passengers, airlines against charging, using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onboard aircraft

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By Sade Williams

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), on Tuesday, directed passengers not to turn on or charge any Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on board aircraft to forestall ontoward incident.

 

This warning is consequent upon recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, just as the  United States, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and some airlines have warned passengers and airline officials against the use of the device onboard any aircraft.

 

Sam Adurogboye, NCAC spokesman in a statement also warned that these phones must not be stowed away in any checked-in baggage.

 

“NCAA is appealing to the passengers’ responsibilities in relation to ensuring safety and security of air transportation. Importantly, all Airlines are hereby advised to emphasise the prohibition of this devices on board during passenger briefings by the Cabin Crew.

 

“Similarly, all those responsible for searching or screening checked-in baggage are directed to intensify the procedures to identify possible checked-in Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

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The regulatory agency noted that Samsung has recalled over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices due to several reported cases of overheating and outright explosion, adding that investigation had traced these problems to charging and that the company is limiting battery charging on Galaxy Note 7 devices to prevent inferno.

 

The NCAA therefore called on all passengers and airline operators to ensure total adherence to this directive, as safety and security of air transportation is paramount to the Authority.

 

It added that a letter with reference NCAA/DOT/ALL OPS/VOL.1/00716 had been sent to all the airlines and other stakeholders for strict compliance.

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