With the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets being recalled, many airline companies and government agencies, like the FAA, have issued advisories on the use of the phone while on planes. The general warning is that passengers should not turn the phone on, and they should not use it, and neither should they check the phones into their luggage.
However it seems that the FAA has made it so that using a Galaxy Note 7 onboard a flight would be pretty much illegal. In a safety advisory released last Friday, it reads, “U.S. hazardous material regulations prohibit air cargo shipments of recalled or defective lithium batteries and lithium battery-powered devices, and passengers may not turn on or charge the devices when they carry them on board a plane.”
They also add, “Passengers must also protect the devices from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and must not pack them in checked luggage.” What makes this advisory different from previous announcements is that now that the recall has been made formal, disobeying the rules could see you land in all kinds of hot water.
Then again, why would anyone want to take the risk of turning on or charging a phone that could potentially explode whilst on a plane is anyone’s guess.