The Nigerian Civil Aviaton Authority (NCAA) has directed airlines to ensure strict prohibition of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone onboard aircraft following warning by the phone’s maker that the phone could explode during charging.
The NCAA also warned passengers against turning on or charging their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on board aircraft.
“Importantly, all airlines are hereby advised to emphasise the prohibition of this devices on board during passenger briefings by the cabin crew.
Similarly, all those responsible for searching or screening checked-in baggage are expected to intensify the procedures to identify possible checked-in Samsung Galaxy Note 7,” the agency said in a statement yesterday.
The statement signed by the general manager public relations of NCAA, Sam Adurogboye said the warning was necessitated by recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices.
“These phones must not be stowed away in any checked-in baggage. NCAA is appealing to the passengers’ responsibilities in relation to ensuring safety and security of air transportation,” the aviation regulator stated.
Samsung has recalled over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices in the last few weeks following several reported cases of overheating and outright explosion.
“However, investigation has traced these problems to charging and the company is limiting battery charging on Galaxy Note 7 devices to prevent inferno,” NCAA stated.
Adurogboye reiterated the NCAA’s call on all passengers and airline operators to ensure total adherence to this directive as safety and security of air transportation is paramount to the authority.
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