The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed passengers not to turn on or charge Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on board aircraft.
A statement signed by the general manager public relations of NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, said the warning became necessary based on recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices.
According to Adurogboye in the statement: “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.
“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.”
Adurogboye explained further that Samsung has recalled over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices.
“This became necessary due to 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, ” Adurogboye stated.
He 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.
Earlier, a letter with reference NCAA/DOT/ALL OPS/VOL.1/00716 has been sent to all the Airlines and all other stakeholders for strict compliance Adurogboye said.