Flyers with Samsung Note 7 faces lines in US

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices will be banned from aircraft in the US starting on Saturday at noon EDT (1600 GMT) under an emergency order, regulators said on Friday after numerous reports of the devices catching fire. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd scrapped its flagship Galaxy Not 7 smartphone on Tuesday because of incidents where the phones began smoking or caught fire.

The decision came after reports of fire in replacement devices prompted a new round of warnings from regulators, phone carriers and airlines. The order from the US transportation department and other agencies bars owners from carrying on the devices or stowing them in checked baggage during flights. “Anyone violating the ban may be subjected to criminal prosecution in addition to fines,” the department said in a statement.

In another statement, the department clarified that owners who attempt to travel by air with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices would only be “denied boarding”.

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