“The Ministry of Civil Aviation has issued a public notice prohibiting the use of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on board an aircraft,”
According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the guidelines on the carriage and usage of the phone on board aircraft were issued after the recent safety related incidents involving the smartphone globally.
In a public notice, the regulator advised travellers and the airlines to ensure that the communication device is not turned on or its battery charged on board the aircraft. The notice further detailed that the smartphone should not be stowed away in any checked-in baggage. However, the smartphone can be carried in a switched off mode in hand-baggage.
Earlier, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning not to charge or switch on Galaxy Note7 on board aircraft. The stern warning came at a time when Samsung is dealing with a global recall of nearly 2.5 million Galaxy Note7 shipped so far across the world.
More than 35 cases of exploding batteries have been reported since the phone was launched on August 19.
Samsung India Spokesperson said. That they are aware of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) notice. Consumer safety and peace of mind are their top priority, And further added that Galaxy Note7 sales have not started in India, and they have delayed sales to alleviate any safety concerns. They also plan to expedite new shipments of Galaxy Note7 soon to reduce any inconvenience for our customers.