The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 saga continues with Samsung announcing a complete halt in production of the Galaxy Note 7 phones. Recently, Samsung voluntarily announced a recall of 2.5 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones for defective “battery issues.” A handful of phones had reportedly caught fire and Samsung offered to replace the phones around the globe. Last week, Samsung advised all customers to stop using the phones entirely.

Phone is Banned on All U.S. Flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a federal flight ban on all Galaxy Note 7 phones, banning the phones from any flight in the U.S. Anyone trying to evade the ban and get a phone onboard could face federal prosecution as well as possible fines. The ban covers phones being carried on and packed into checked luggage. The USDOT indicated that the phones have a high risk of causing a “catastrophic incident.”. No doubt, this is a huge inconvenience to passengers, but the safety of all passengers is threatened.

The FAA had originally asked users to power down their phone before boarding, but the devices are now banned from aircraft entirely.

Samsung has now officially discontinued production of the Galaxy Note 7 around the world.

What should you do if you have a Galaxy Note 7?

Don’t take it on a plane! Power the phone off. Take it back immediately to the same retailer that you purchased it from. Samsung has recalled all Note 7 phones. Phones that were issued as replacement phones have now been recalled.

Check with your local retailer regarding a replacement phone and power down the phone immediately. Here is a link to the official Samsung website with further information.

Don’t wait. The recall of the Galaxy Note 7 is enormous, affecting millions of consumers. The phones contain potentially defective batteries that have caused the devices to burst into flames.