EASA updates recommendations for the transport of damaged lithium batteries

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) updates its recommendations for the safe transport of Galaxy Note 7 devices, which are subject of recall by their manufacturer.

In a so-called Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) sent to all airlines today, EASA recommends the following:

  • If the recalled device/battery is carried on board, it must be turned off, not charged while on board and not put inside the checked baggage;
  • When a device is damaged, hot, produces smoke, is lost, or falls into the seat structure, passengers must immediately inform the cabin crew;
  • Damaged, recalled or potentially hazardous lithium batteries, including those contained in equipment and/or shipped with equipment, are forbidden to be transported by aircraft as cargo.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 with a green battery icon on the status bar can be used on board as any other smartphone. Other Note7 devices must be powered off and not charged for the duration of the flight.

Samsung has recalled all Note7 devices purchased before 15 Sept, 2016, and is replacing them with new Note7s. Passengers who own the Galaxy Note7 model should refer to the manufacturer's website www.samsung.com for clear instructions and advice.

For more information, find the EASA SIB 2016-1R1.

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