Galaxy Note 7 US flight restrictions get tighter, as only 130K units have so far been exchanged

The official wheels are finally turning to ensure Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions come to a halt instead of potentially (and catastrophically) spreading to public transportation.

Hot on the heels of the CPSC’s long overdue formal involvement in the previously unsanctioned recall process, the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has just issued safety requirements for airline passengers or crew traveling with a Note 7 device “subject to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Recall No.16-266.”

Mind you, we’re talking specific, relatively strict requirements now, as opposed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s generic recommendations from last week, though this is still not a full-on, comprehensive air ban.

You won’t be prohibited from boarding a plane with a dangerous phone in your possession, but you are precluded from placing it in checked baggage, and you must turn it off, as well as disconnect it “from any charging equipment”, if you intend on keeping it in carry-on luggage or “on your person.”

You’ll also need to “disable all applications that could inadvertently activate the phone (e.g. alarm clock)”, and “protect the power switch to prevent the phone from being unintentionally activated or turned-on.” Like we said, pretty strict rules, although it obviously could be worse.

Meanwhile, in addressing all the drama, Tim Baxter, Samsung Electronics America’s President and COO, revealed roughly 130,000 Galaxy Note 7 units have “already” been exchanged stateside. He calls that a “fast and meaningful start”, but we’re not so sure, since the CPSC identified “about a million” devices subject to the recall.

Sources: US Department of Transportation, Samsung

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