Australian airlines ban customers from flying with Samsung Note7

THREE major Australian airlines have today banned customers from flying with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

From midnight tonight, the faulty devices can no longer be carried on Qantas, Jetstar or Virgin Australia flights.

The ban comes after the smartphones were found to explode and catch fire.


The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is not enforcing the rules, leaving it up to individual airlines to decide.

Peter Gibson from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority told 9 News there had been no incidents involving the recalled smartphone on Australian aircraft to date.

“This is due to safety concerns around the device and follows the implementation of a ban by the U.S. Department of Transportation,” Virgin said in a statement.

“The use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices is currently prohibited on all Virgin Australia flights, and the complete ban announced today is an additional safety measure.”

Effective from 12:01am AEDT Sunday 16 October, guests travelling on either airline will not be able to board their flight with the faulty device, whether on their person, in their carry-on luggage or in a checked bag.

Similar strict restrictions are already in place for all airlines flying into and out of the United States.