FOLLOWING recent accidents involving a brand of Samsung phone, Note 7, which include explosion and setting a car on fire in the United States of America, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has directed passengers not to turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices while onboard any plane or at any terminal. The agency also warned passengers not to keep the phones in any checked-in baggage. This was made known by NCAA’s General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, who stated yesterday that the action was necessary, following recent incidents and concerns raised by manufacturers of the product. “NCAA is appealing to passengers’ responsibilities in relation to ensuring safety and security of air transportation. Importantly, all airlines are hereby advised to emphasise the prohibition of these devices briefings by the cabin crew. “Similarly, all those responsible for searching or screening checked-in baggage are expected to intensify procedures to identify possible checked-in Samsung Galaxy Note 7,” read a statement signed by Adurogboye. The NCAA stated that Samsung had recalled over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices due to several reported cases of overheating and outright explosion which investigations traced to charging and the company was limiting battery charging on Galaxy Note 7 devices to prevent inferno. “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 to the authority.” The nation’s regulatory body said it had also sent a letter with reference NCAA/ DOT/ALL OPS/VOL.1/00716 to all airlines and all other stakeholders for strict compliance.

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