THE charging and use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on board flights had been prohibited by the country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), effective over the weekend.
According to Cielo Villaluna, PAL spokesperson, the prohibition started on Sept. 9, 2016, in compliance with the directive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
It was learned that the IATA directive stemmed from the recall order made on the said devices by Samsung Electronics Company Limited itself.
This, after findings showed that the Galaxy Note 7 batteries and phone units have caught fire during charging, prompting the manufacturer to recall all units sold worldwide.
“Safety remains a cornerstone of PAL operations and as such, the flag carrier will be ensuring full compliance on board each flight and is seeking the full cooperation of its passengers,” Villaluna said. She explained that the said devices are not allowed as checked-in items, but may be hand-carried for as long as these are switched off at all times.
All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units -- whether used or brand new -- will not be accepted as PAL cargo shipment, she added.