It’s 2017 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is still managing to get into the news cycle. The South Korean tech giant has been able to recall more than 96 per cent of Galaxy Note 7 phones in the US. Thanks to this, the Federal Aviation Authority says airlines no longer have to make a pre-boarding announcement concerning the exploding phone. Hopefully this spreads soon to the rest of the world’s air travel community.
Samsung along with airports and airlines around the world, including UAE airlines, took a variety of precautions to ensure the dangerous device doesn’t make its way onto flights. Airlines were equipped with fireproof bags to store the phones in if someone managed to get one onto the aircraft. Samsung implemented a robust plan to ensure it gets the Galaxy Note 7 out of user’s hands by setting up booths across airports where users can exchange their device. The company also issued software updates that essentially brick the phone. With a successful recall in the US, we can hope similar results globally very soon.
It’s safe to say there isn’t a person alive who could own a Galaxy Note 7 and isn’t aware of its dangers. The fact that it still may be out there in people’s pockets is confounding. As if air travel wasn’t annoying enough, the constant questioning and reminder of the Galaxy Note 7 being dangerous doesn’t make it better. If you or anyone still has the phone, please get rid of it and lets put all this behind us once for all.