It seems the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone is the next big security risk everyone is talking about. Already, there is an advisory to not use the phone when on a plane in the US of A, which was followed by other countries such as UK, Singapore & Japan as well. And now, India has joined the party as well.
As per a circular issued by DGCA about two hours back, when boarding a flight originating at an Indian airport, you should not turn on or charge a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone onboard the aircraft. You can’t check them into your check-in baggage as well. The only way to bring it onboard is to keep it off and inside the cabin.
I’m not sure how this ban will be implemented, with the Indian travelling population usually eager to show off their phones or play games on them, or maybe watch a movie or few on Vistara’s and Jet Airway’s bring your own device IFE.
I foresee more countries coming up with this prohibition. In case you are a user of this phone, be aware and cooperate for the rest of us on the plane! And I know that Samsung does not officially sell this phone in India yet