The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, yesterday warned passengers not to turn on or charge Samsung smart phone Galaxy Note 7 on board aircraft and should not even check them in as luggage. This is coming on the heels of earlier warning by the United States, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials on Thursday, September 8, 2016 that airline passengers should not turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smart phone during flights following numerous reports of the devices being highly inflammable .

Also, Vietjet, an international low-cost airline from Vietnam, had also warned passengers not to carry Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the form of check–in luggage. Commenting on the Samsung device yesterday, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye said “ Consequent upon recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft”.

“In addition, 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 device 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”.

“It will be recalled 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”.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) therefore calls 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”.