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Taking a Galaxy Note 7 onto an airplane is now a federal crime

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially banned Galaxy Note 7s from being carried onto airplanes following the CPSC’s decision to recall all variants after reports started to surface online of replacements bursting into flames, and now the authority has issued an Emergency Restriction/Prohibition order to make it a federal crime to fly with the device in the US.

The order, which is already in place, prevents passengers from carrying the handset “on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked in baggage, or as cargo.” Obviously, there’s likely to be a small number of cases where flyers are unaware and accidentally bring the unit onto an aircraft. If this happens, they must power it down immediately and hand it over to staff to be stored in a safe place.

As this is an official order, passengers who intentionally bring a Galaxy Note 7 onto a plane are “subject to civil penalties of up to $179,933 for each violation for each day they are found to be in violation (49 U.S.C. 5123).” They’re even liable to prosecution, which could “result in fines under title 18, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both (49 U.S.C. 5124).”


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