With the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets being prone to exploding, it isn’t surprising that many airline companies and transportation agencies around the world have either outright banned or issued advisories on how to deal with the phones that passengers are bringing onto flights.
However with the recall and exchange program already underway, over in Korea it seems that they are relaxing the rules a little. The country’s transport ministry has announced that Note 7 handsets will now be allowed on flights and used on flights as well. However there is a catch and that is it only applies to Note 7 devices that have been exchanged.
Now obviously it would impossible to have airline companies launch the app/website to check the IMEI of every Note 7 brought on board, so how they plan to check which phones are the exchanged models is by checking the battery status which should be green in color that identifies the phone as being safe for use.
This only applies to Korea as far as we can tell. We’re not sure what the stance is for other airline companies or transportation agencies, but we expect that eventually they will make their own announcements, but either way this is a step towards moving past this entire mess.