DGCA lifts restrictions on new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones

The restrictions will continue to apply to Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones purchased before 15 September this year


Samsung recalled its Note 7 phones across the globe this month due to faulty batteries, which caused the devices to catch fire, when they are on charge or in normal use. Photo: Reuters
Samsung recalled its Note 7 phones across the globe this month due to faulty batteries, which caused the devices to catch fire, when they are on charge or in normal use. Photo: Reuters

New Delhi: India’s aviation regulator on Friday said it has lifted the ban on using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on flights if the devices were purchased after 15 September.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had banned the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on flights following their recall over battery fires. 

It had asked passengers not to turn on or charge the phones on aircraft and not to stow them in checked-in baggage. 

“The restrictions do not apply to Samsung Galaxy Note 7s purchased after 15 September 2016 which have a green battery charge indication on screen,” DGCA said in a 28 September notification reviewed by Mint.

“Customers can identify the new Galaxy Note 7 with the green battery icon. Devices displaying this visual icon are safe to charge and use during flights. It is important to note Samsung has not sold a single unit of Galaxy Note 7 in India so far. The green battery icon will apply to all Galaxy Note 7 units that will be sold to customers in India when it is launched. We recognize the inconvenience this has caused to customers, fliers and airline authorities, and remain committed to customer safety,” a Samsung India spokesperson said in an email.

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