South African Airways (SAA) has prohibited the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from all its flights, in accordance with the International Air Transport Association’s safety provisions. This follows a similar ban by all US airlines.
The decision has been taken based on safety considerations in the interests of passengers, crew and property.
This means the Galaxy Note 7 device may not be carried at all on its flights.
“We initially placed a restriction on the use of the device where we prohibited the charging of this specific model on board our aircraft. However, the recall of the device by the manufacturer based on safety considerations and the announcements made by regulatory authorities in some key markets we fly to, have left us with no option but to comply,” said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.
It may not be carried by passengers on their persons, in carry-on baggage, in checked-in baggage or as cargo.
“Travellers are encouraged to leave the device at home if they have not returned them to Samsung in response to the call made by the manufacturer. Non-compliance with the prohibition may lead to confiscation of the devices and/or fines being imposed against the passengers concerned,” he said.