Samsung’s had a rough 2016, with over a hundred instances of the Galaxy Note 7 exploding, and the smartphone being banned from carrying it on an aircraft which has caused catastrophic damage to the brands reputation across the globe.
However, a report by The Verge states that the Department of Transportation in the US has lifted the requirement for the airlines to notify passengers that the recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a prohibited flight risk.
This doesn’t mean that the phone is now allowed to be carried around in an aircraft, that ban on the Note 7 still exists. However, this just means that Airlines are not mandated to inform about the smartphone’s prohibition.
The FAA or the Federal Aviation Administration says the DoT has removed the pre-boarding requirement “due to the high degree of public awareness of the ban since issuance of the emergency restriction/prohibition order, as well as the extensive efforts by Samsung and U.S. wireless providers to make all Note 7 users aware the phone is recalled and banned from transport on U.S. aircraft.”
Moreover, following FAA’s statement, Samsung states that around 96 percent from the total Note 7’s sold have been recalled as of now.
This is definitely a breath of relief for the South Korean smartphone maker which was getting its reputation smashed every time the Note 7 announcement was being made on an aircraft. The airlines have yet to comment on when they’d execute the notification by the Department of Transport.
Samsung also stated during CES 2017, that it’ll soon lift the veil upon the detailed report which will tell us what actually went wrong with Samsung’s flagship phablet.