Samsung’s Note 7 is now banned from all U.S. flights, owners could face criminal charges

As if a $3 billion recall wasn’t enough of a thorn in Samsung‘s side, the Galaxy Note 7 situation somehow just got even worse for the company. Now, the United States has banned the Note 7 from all flights, and the rest of the world’s transportation safety agencies will likely be following suit. 

In a statement issued Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration put an ironclad ban on the Galaxy Note 7

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”

It’s a strong condemnation for anyone considering hanging on to their defective device, but the decision to ban the phone, while unprecedented, isn’t even the full story. The agencies have also decided that if you show up for your flight with your Note 7 in-hand, your device may be taken from you, and you could also face a monetary fine. 

The statement also details exactly what will happen to anyone who tries to sneak their phone aboard a plane:

Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident.  Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.

In short, the government doesn’t want the Note 7 anywhere near a plane, no matter who you are, where it’s packed, or how safe you think it actually is. 

Mike Wehner

Mike Wehner

Mike Wehner is a former tech editor for the Daily Dot who now writes for BGR. His work has appeared everywhere from Yahoo to CNN, and there’s a good chance his Apple Watch is dead right now.