Samsung Gets Reprieve from FAA, DOT, No More Airlines Warning for Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, FAA, DOT

A recent press release by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declares that, according to the Department of Transportation, airline operators in the United States are no longer required to issue the pre-flight warning about carrying Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on board.

The reprieve is a significant one for Samsung, which issued a statement shortly after the press release. Below is an excerpt:

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision today to remove the requirement for the airlines to make specific pre-boarding notification reflects the exceptionally high rates of participation in the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program.

By leveraging our digital technology to target each device, we’ve had over 96 percent of Galaxy Note7 phones returned to date.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t a full reprieve for the Note 7. The devices are still prohibited on passenger and cargo aircraft; only the requirement for the pre-boarding announcement has been lifted, not the ban itself.

Though the FAA press release cites a return rate of “more than 93%”, Samsung obviously provided a more accurate figure of 96%. Samsung continues to aggressively address the issue by limiting the functionality on Note 7 devices still held by users.

As Samsung gears up for its Galaxy S8 launch in the first quarter of 2017, any kind of positive news for Note 7 will be welcome. The company is targeting a sales figure of 60 million units for the Galaxy S8, and they need every bit of leverage that comes their way.

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