After the FAA in the U.S. banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from all airlines, Transport Canada has done the same. Below is the full notice they issued simultaneously with the FAA:
This Notice is to advise that in light of the many recent cases of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that have caught fire and the cessation of further manufacture of this model by Samsung Corporation throughout the world, Transport Canada is of the view that Special Provision 137 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations applies. Subsection 5 of Special Provision stipulates that it is forbidden to transport lithium ion cells or batteries that are damaged or defective and that, under normal conditions of transport, produce a flame or a dangerous evolution of heat, or produce a dangerous emission of toxic, corrosive or flammable gases or vapours.
Air carriers should alert passengers to the prohibition against air transport of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device, in particular, immediately prior to boarding and to deny boarding to a passenger in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device unless the passenger divests themselves and their baggage, including carry-on and checked, of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device.
Air carriers should inform that persons who inadvertently bring a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device onto an aircraft immediately power off the device, do not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and keep the device on their person and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight;
An air carrier flight crew member who identifies that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device while the aircraft is in flight, the crew member should instruct the passenger to power off the device, to not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, to protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and to keep the device on their person and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight.
That’s right–any Note 7 devices found on the plane will need to be powered down and kept in sight, to manage any fire or explosion that could happen.
WestJet and Air Canada have already started to enforce the ban. Samsung recently permanently ended production of the Note 7, and according to the company’s latest income forecasts, they are set to lose $5.3 billion due to this fiery debacle.