SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 7 owners will be blocked from boarding flights after a technical glitch led to some handsets bursting into flames.
The Federal Aviation Authority initially told GalaxyNote 7 owners not to turn their phones on or charge them on flight, and to ensure they weren’t packed in amongst checked luggage in a bid to stop a catastrophic accident.
But the US Transportation Department has stepped in to ban the phone over the safety concerns that have led to £4.3billion worth of recall fees for Samsung.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: “We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority.
“We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”
It comes after a replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – issued after the worldwide recall – erupted into flames on a grounded Southwest Airlines plane before take-off last week.
Samsung said it was investigating the fire.
A spokesperson for the company said: ”We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause.
“Once we have examined the device we will have more information to share.”
A spokesperson for Southwest Airlines told the BBC: “A customer reported smoke emitting from an electronic device.
“All customers and crew deplaned safely via the main cabin door.”
In other incidents defective Note 7’s burned the inside of a hotel room – causing more than £1,000 worth of damage – incinerated the inside of a Jeep and burst into flames inside one unlucky man’s pocket.