The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned Nigerians against the use of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone, saying that its battery could explode when being charged and directed air travellers neither to turn on nor charge the phone while onboard an aircraft.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, NCAA said: “Consequent upon recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 device, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has directed passengers neither to turn on nor charge these devices on board an aircraft.”
The agency also notified passengers that 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 devices on board during passenger briefings by the cabin crew,” NCAA said.
NCAA also directed all those responsible for searching or screening checked-in baggage to intensify procedures to identify possible checked in Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices.
Samsung has recalled over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices since the discovery of defective batteries in the phones. The company said this became necessary due to several reported cases of overheating and outright explosions.
However, investigations have traced the problem to charging of the phone and the company is limiting battery charging on Galaxy Note 7 devices to prevent fire outbreaks.
NCAA called on all passengers and airline operators to ensure total adherence to this directive, adding that safety and security of air transportation is paramount.
NCAA said it had issued a directive to all the airlines and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.