A U.S. ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones aboard aircraft kicks in from October 15 over safety fears. Paul Chapman reports.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are banned from all aircraft in the U.S. from 1600GMT on Saturday. The move follows incidents of the phones smoking or catching fire, and reports of fires in replacement devices. Samsung scrapped the flagship model on Tuesday because of the problem. Travellers at Los Angeles international airport were largely in favour of the ban. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PETER HERTZ FROM BOSTON SAYING: "These things had had a penchant for catching fire so get them off the plane." (SOUNDBITE)(English) PASSENGER ANNA MARIE BACICH FROM LOS ANGELES SAYING: "If there's enough evidence, hard data, that it could actually cause a fire on a plane then it's probably a good idea." (SOUNDBITE)(English) PASSENGER MIKE MORAN FROM WASHINGTON SAYING: "It's a little extreme, you know? I mean, just because a couple of phones went bad doesn't mean that every single phone should be banned." The emergency order from the U.S. Transport Department bars Galaxy Note 7 owners from taking their phones onto the aircraft or stowing them in hold luggage. The department's warning anyone who tries to pack one into their checked baggage raises the risk of a catastrophic incident. It says violations of the ban may result in criminal prosecution as well as fines.