Within days after giving green signal to Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the DGCA will reportedly impose fresh regulations on in-flight carriage of the newly launched premium flagship smartphone by next week. This is after reports that the safe unit of Galaxy Note 7 reportedly exploded inside flights in the United States.
According to reports coming in, India is actively considering to re-impose severe restrictions on the inflight carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Recently, the Note 7 handset bearing black square symbol exploded inside Southwest Airlines flight which was packed with passengers.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 damaged flight carpet
Fortunately, the passenger threw away the handset away sensing heavy smell. However, the carpet was heavily damaged. Meanwhile, the passenger allegedly told reporters that he had purchased the phone on September 21. Hence, the handset should be considered as safe.
Commenting on the development, a senior DGCA official revealed that they are in touch with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after the latest incident of a ‘new’ Note 7 catching fire on aircraft and are going to issue a fresh order for the Samsung Note 7.
In the meantime, the FAA had issued an advisory by stating that Note 7 should be kept switched off and not to be charged on planes. Moreover, passengers should take proper precaution to close all applications on these phones like an alarm that may switch them on. There should a physical protection for the power switch to prevent them from getting pressed inadvertently and then getting switched on.
DGCA had permitted Samsung Galaxy Note 7 inside flights
A few days back, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had allowed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 purchased after September 15 to be carried on the flight. Previously, the regulator ruled that the phone should be only carried in handbags in switched off mode. Moreover, users should not charge the handset inside the flight.
We can confirm that DGCA will issue a fresh order next week by incorporating the new findings. The DGCA has reportedly refused to believe that all phones purchased after September 15 can be tagged as safe. There are fears that customers will be tempted to buy phone priced lower from online stores. Incidentally, the phones sold could be the old one.