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Maldivian bans Samsung's latest smartphones

Fathmath Shaahunaz
19 October 2016, MVT 12:35
A Maldivian aircraft pictured in flight. PHOTO/MALDIVIAN
Fathmath Shaahunaz
19 October 2016, MVT 12:35

Maldives’ national carrier Maldivian banned bringing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones aboard all aircrafts of the brand beginning Tuesday.

Maldivian’s operator Island Aviation Services (IAS)’s head of administration Ali Nashaath told Mihaaru that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones are banned from all aircrafts of the company and that Maldivian has released a travel advisory to bring this decision to public attention.

“This information will also be given to passengers buying tickets, even those buying online. Check-in counters will also inform their customers,” he said.

According to Maldivian’s travel advisory, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cannot be brought aboard its aircrafts even as luggage or in cabin bags.

Maldivian declared that its highest priority is the safety and security of its passengers and apologised for any inconveniences caused by the ban.

The state airline had previously banned the use of Samsung’s latest smartphones aboard its aircrafts on September 18, following the incidents of Note 7 battery explosions. Reports of the smartphones’ batteries catching fire and exploding had risen almost immediately since its launch, causing dangerous incidents including fires and burn injuries to customers.

Consequently, the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States had warned against the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7s aboard aircrafts, following which several major airlines around the world banned the smartphones.

Samsung began pulling the Note 7 phones off the market since the incidents began and had subsequently halted its production in the wake of failure to find a solution.