The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) moved quickly to ban the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from U.S. flights after a second recall was officially announced, but the agency has now issued an Emergency Restriction/Prohibition order which makes it a federal crime to bring a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onboard a commercial airplane. The Order states that passengers must be notified before boarding that the Note 7 is not allowed on the plane – not even if it is turned off. If a passenger is found to have a Note 7 on a plane, the device must be immediately turned off and handed over to the flight crew to be safely stored.
Those who don’t comply with the order may be fined up to $179,933 per violation and could face criminal prosecution. This means that someone who takes the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onto and airplane and refuses to hand it over to the flight crew could face a $359,866 penalty and possible jail time.
“Any person failing to comply with this Order is subject to civil penalties of up to $179,933 for each violation for each day they are found to be in violation (49 U.S.C. 5123). A person violating this Order may also be subject to criminal prosecution, which may result in fines under title 18, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both (49 U.S.C. 5124).”
Owning the phone isn’t against the law (at least not yet), but the FAA is taking every precaution necessary to ensure a Galaxy Note 7 explosion doesn’t occur inside a plane while in flight. If you’ve decided to keep the Note 7 as a collector’s item, we highly recommend leaving the phone at home the next time you need to catch a flight.