Thursday, September 22, 2016

NCAA wakes up, bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on planes

Obviously emulating its counterpart in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) almost two weeks behind, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) woke up to ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onboard any plane in the country, reports ITRealms.

A press statement made available to ITRealms and signed by General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, NCAA joined the wagon by requesting passengers not to store such phones in any checked-in baggage.

‘‘NCAA is appealing to the passengers’ responsibilities in relation to ensuring safety and security of air transportation,” he said.

NCAA pointed out that all airlines are advised to emphasise the prohibition of this devices on board during passenger briefings by the Cabin Crew.

“Similarly, all those responsible for searching or screening checked-in baggage are expected to intensify the procedures to identify possible checked-in Samsung Galaxy Note 7,” he said.

ITRealms recollects that Samsung had a fortnight ago recalled over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices, due to several fire explosions linked to its battery defect.

Also, ITRealms reports that an official letter had already been sent to all the Airlines and all other stakeholders for strict compliance.

Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics West Africa Limited (SEWA) said it had commenced replacement programme for the faulty Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Nigeria. Just as the electronic company said its differing the official launch of the product, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Nigeria.

ITRealms recalls that on September 2, 2016, Samsung proclaimed an official Galaxy Note7 replacement programme due to battery cell manufacturing error which had led to a few reported incidents.

“Since customers’ safety is top priority, all Galaxy Note 7 purchased are eligible for replacement regardless of the original place of purchase,” the company said.

Noteworthy is that Galaxy Note 7 has not been formally released in Nigeria, the company said, the current Galaxy Note 7 users are kindly advised to visit the nearest Samsung Authorized Service Centre for immediate assistance about replacement program.

“We acknowledge the inconvenience this may have caused in the market, but this is to ensure that Samsung continues to deliver the highest quality products to Samsung customers. Samsung is completely committed to fixing this problem and ensuring the highest level of safety and satisfaction for its customers,” part of the statement read.

Oya Omidele/GEE
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