Acsa weighs in on Samsung Note 7 ban

2016-10-21 11:22 - Kyle Venktess, Fin24
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Samsung is moving to recall its Note 7 amid reports of exploding devices. (Reuters)

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Johannesburg - Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has thrown its weight behind global calls for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to be banned from flights. 

Jason Tshabalala, Group Manager for Security at Airports Company, in a statement urged passengers to heed the communication issued by the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to the effect that the device should not be carried on board aircraft at all.

READ: Note 7 'recall' kiosks coming to SA airports

“This notice by the SACAA goes beyond the initial stance adopted by global regulators and airlines when the problems with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 first came to light,” he said. 

“Following the new rules is essential for passenger safety. We also wish to avoid unnecessary delays at security check points and boarding gates which would also inconvenience other passengers,” Tshabalala added.

The rule does not apply to other Samsung devices.

READ:  Exploding Note 7 prompts SA consumer body response

Samsung South Africa is currently installing exchange kiosks at airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban after the 'exploding' Note 7 phone has been banned from several airlines. 

The kiosks are planned to be installed at international airports in the country’s three major cities - Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town - as a ”precautionary measure” amid exploding battery reports globally, if found in possession of a Note 7, passengers could face up to a R2.5m fine at some of the world’s airports.

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) is set to meet with Samsung again at the end of October to assess the company’s progress with recalling of the problematic Note 7 smartphone from the South African market.

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