By Lawani Mikaru
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, yesterday warned passengers not to turn on or charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phone aboard aircraft and also charged them not to check it in as luggage.
This is coming on the heels of earlier warning by the United States, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, officials last Thursday that airline passengers should not turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smart phone during flights, following numerous reports of the device being highly inflammable .
Also, Vietjet, an international low-cost airline from Vietnam, had also warned passengers not to carry Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the form of check–in luggage.
Commenting on the Samsung device yesterday, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye said: “Consequent upon recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has directed passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft.
“In addition, these phones must not be stowed away in any checked-in baggage. NCAA is appealing to the passengers to ensure 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 expected to intensify the procedures to identify possible checked-in Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
“It will be recalled that Samsung has recalled over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 device. This became necessary due to several reported cases of overheating and outright explosion. ‘’However, investigation has traced these problems to charging and the company is limiting battery charging on Galaxy Note 7 devices to prevent inferno.