Following recent reports of multiple Galaxy Note 7 explosions due to faulty batteries, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircrafts.
NCAA in a statement signed by General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, also asked passengers not to store such phones in any checked-in baggage.
The statement read in part: ‘‘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 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.”
It would be recalled that Samsung has recalled over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices. This became necessary due to several reported cases of overheating and outright explosion.
However, investigation has traced these problems to charging and the company is limiting battery charging on Galaxy Note 7 devices to prevent inferno.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) further called on all passengers and airline operators to ensure total adherence to this directive as safety and security of air transportation is paramount to the Authority.
An official letter had already been sent to all the Airlines and all other stakeholders for strict compliance.