Australian airlines ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users travelling on Australian airlines will no longer be able to take their phones onboard after a total ban on the device was announced on Sunday.

Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia announced the ban due to “concerns regarding potential fire risk from the device’s battery”.

Qantas Group said it included devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage.

Previously, passengers could take the device onboard if the phone was switched off. 

 Other Samsung devices are not affected.