Qantas, Virgin and Singapore Airlines are the latest air carriers to ban the troubled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone on all flights. Their decision follows the total ban put in place in the United States. Samsung have stopped production and issued a recall of their flagship phone after several reports of the device catching fire.
In a statement on their website, Qantas states that the total ban on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will come into force on all Qantas and Jetstar flights from 12:01 am (AEDT) on Sunday 16 October.
"The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage," the statement reads. "Other Samsung devices are not affected."
QANTAS GROUP STATEMENT ON SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7 - TOTAL BAN https://t.co/i581x080hh— Qantas (@Qantas) October 15, 2016
Similarly, Virgin Australia will enforce the ban from Sunday morning.
From tomorrow, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices can no longer be carried on Virgin Australia flights. More here: https://t.co/FYyiBUirrK— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) October 15, 2016
Singapore Airlines issued a statement via their Facebook page to say they will ban the device on all of their flights worldwide and that "anyone found in possession of the device will be denied boarding."
The faulty phones had already been banned from being charged or used mid-flight, but airlines have now gone further to eliminate any fire risk.
The United States' Transportation Authority initiated the total ban in the U.S., warning that passengers who packed their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in their checked baggage would raise the risk of "a catastrophic incident."