Following the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s ban of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all flights by airlines flying into or within the country had Fastjet - the low-cost pan-African airline - has updated its operational policy banning the mobile device from all fastjet flights as a safety precaution.
Effective immediately, passengers who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may not transport the device on their person, in carry‐on baggage, or in checked baggage, or as cargo on any fastjet flight.
'The fire hazard with both the original and replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is deemed as a significant risk – one that simply can’t be ignored when the safety of our passengers is our primary concern' said Nico Bezuidenhout, Fastjet’s CEO.
Fastjet has updated its policy to a total ban as a result of recent developments regarding the risks and the ban and recommendations made by the US Department of Transport and FAA. Other non-US airlines are also introducing bans.
Any passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage may be subject to prosecution for endangering a flight. Fastjet apologises for any inconvenience and advises passengers to not arrive at any airport wanting to board a flight with the device on hand or packed in baggage.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) received a communication from Samsung to advise that it has announced a global stop‐sale and stop‐use policy for all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices. Samsung is recalling the original and the replacement devices.