NOW that merely carrying Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices either in the airport premises, on board the aircraft or as cargo shipment had been totally banned due to the hazards they pose, the airline companies have to contend with hard-headed passengers who will insist on sneaking their units past security.
Oft-repeated warnings have been made about the dangers that owning and use of such phone devices bring about but moreso, of how one risks fines and penalties if he should violate the said prohibition.
The country’s two leading carriers, Cebu Pacific and the Philippine Airlines (PAL), are urgently appealing to their passengers to observe the ban which was imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to all Philippine carriers via Memorandum Circular No. 34-16.
Both airline companies have also said that such phone units, whether used or brand new, will no longer be accepted as cargo shipment, even if placed in supposedly ‘safe’ boxes which Samsung itself sends its complaining customers.
According to PAL spokesperson Ma. Cielo ‘Diva’ Villaluna, the flag carrier is imposing the ban also in line with the recall order made on these products by Samsung Electronics Company Limited itself.
Also earlier, she said that no less than the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) jointly issued an emergency order banning all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. Said order was issued after device owners documented incidents of dangerous evolution of heat with both recalled and replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices.
CEB, on the other hand, said that while passengers on their flights may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in their checked-in baggage and guests who may attempt to travel by air with it will be denied boarding.
Passengers flying CEB were also advised that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices are banned from flights to Guam, USA, beginning October 16, 2016 and that the ban was implemented on board all other CEB and Cebgo flights effective yesterday.
Take note that anyone who fails to comply with the said prohibition is subject to civil penalties of up to $179,933 for each violation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Violators may also be subject to criminal prosecution, which may result in fines, imprisonment of up to 10 years, or both.
I was told by airline sources that already in the works is the setting up of Samsung booths way ahead of the entrance and initial security check areas for those who would want to swap their phones or get a refund.
Should plans push through, any unit owner who decides to take a replacement will be assisted by those manning the booths in having all their phone data transferred to the new device.
This would take away the problem of some passengers trying to sneak in their defective phone devices just so they can be exchanged abroad or the hassle of having one’s phone confiscated at the airport.
Passengers with such phone units must also take into consideration the safety of other travelers who will be in the same flight as theirs, especially since the said kind of phone device had reportedly been classified as ‘forbidden hazardous material.’ It is because these devices continue to pose as a risk when transported by air since they can still ignite and become a fuel source for fire even when powered off.
So, passengers, be responsible enough and follow rules. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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