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Can I Use a Galaxy Note 7 on a Plane?

Dan Brian   |  September 26, 2016   |  

Comprehensive DistractionIn today’s day and age, most people have their phones on them the majority of the time. Therefore, the idea that your phone is in danger of blowing up at any moment is frightening beyond belief. If you’ve been following the news lately, however, you know that many Galaxy Note 7 owners have been living this nightmare since mid-September. Samsung has had to issue a recall of all Galaxy Note 7s sold before September 15 due to a battery defect that can lead to the phones overheating, catching on fire and exploding if they’re heavily used or while they’re charging. Galaxy Note 7 owners can have their defective phones replaced with new safer Note 7s or different model Galaxy phones, such as the Galaxy S7 edge.

However, until all the defective Galaxy Note 7s have been replaced, they’re still a danger to their owners and anyone else in their vicinity. One place where an exploding phone could do a great deal of damage and even cause a massive disaster is on an airplane. As such, many airlines have issued rules for taking a Galaxy Note 7 on a plane.

How Do I Know If It’s Okay to Take My Galaxy Note 7 on a Plane?

Southwest Airlines posted a travel advisory on its website to warn Galaxy Note 7 owners about the dangers their phones can pose on planes. The advisory includes instructions for how you can safely carry a Galaxy Note 7 on a plane:

  1. Turn your phone off before getting on the plane and keep it turned off until you exit the plane.
  2. Make sure the phone is not connected to any of its charging equipment.
  3. Before you turn off your phone, disable any apps that could mistakenly turn on your phone, such as an alarm clock.
  4. Make sure the power switch on the phone is not in a position where it could be accidentally turned on during the flight.
  5. Keep the phone with you or in your carry-on baggage. Do not pack the phone with your checked baggage.

After the Galaxy Note 7 mishap, would you switch to iPhone next time? Share your thoughts on this subject in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.