A federal flight ban on Samsung Note 7 phones went into effect on Saturday after Samsung revealed they would permanently end production of the device after numerous reports of battery failures and fires, including one on a Southwest Airlines flight on October 5th that forced an evacuation of all passengers and crew.
The Korean-based company issued a statement on October 10th announcing they would be halting sales of the faulty phones and encouraged customers to return their Note 7 devices for a refund, or replacement.
United States airlines now have to comply with the FAA requirements banning the recalled devices in both hand luggage and checked luggage. Failure to comply could bring with it a hefty fine and possible federal prosecution for anyone caught trying to smuggle a Samsung Note 7 on to a U.S. aircraft.
“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.
Samsung have estimated the recalls will cost the company approximately $5.3 billion.