*The following blog post was also distributed as a member email.*
Dear GBTA Members,
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.
The ban will be effective starting tomorrow, Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET.
GBTA recommends coordinating with your IT and risk departments to reach out to any of your business travelers who may carry a Galaxy Note7 with next steps on what they should do, particularly if those phones contain company information.
Michael W. McCormick
GBTA Executive Director & COO