Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s aviation regulator,, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has banned the of use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone phone on board flights in the country following faulty batteries which explodes when charging the device.
In a statement on Tuesday, NCAA's General Manager, Public Relations, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, urged passengers not to turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on board aircraft, warning that the phones must also not be stowed away in any checked-in baggage.
According to him, "NCAA is appealing to the passengers’ responsibilities in relation to ensuring safety and security of air transportation. Importantly, all airlines are hereby advised to emphasise the prohibition of this device 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.
The NCAA spokesperson also reminded travellers that Samsung has recalled over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices due to several reported cases of overheating and explosion when charging the batteries.
"NCAA therefore calls on all passengers and airline operators to ensure total adherence to this directive as safety and security of air transportation is paramount," he added.
The statement also said that, a letter on the ban has been sent to all airlines and all other aviation stakeholders for strict compliance.
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