Alert: DOT Prohibits all Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones on Airplanes


*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.

View the full announcement from the DOT for additional information here.

Best Regards,

Michael W. McCormick
GBTA Executive Director & COO

For 10 years, Mike McCormick, with the support of a progressive Board of Directors and highly dedicated staff, has led the growth and globalization of GBTA. GBTA is now the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization with over 9,000 members representing $345B in annual travel spending. McCormick comes to GBTA with more than 25 years of travel industry experience, including leadership positions at such travel brands as Rosenbluth International, PhoCusWright and Travelport. Mike is an avid (frustrated) Philadelphia sports fan, a Notre Dame graduate (go Irish!) and a proud father of six children.

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