More airlines are now banning Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 from flights after government-backed bans in the U.S. and Canada. Carriers in Australia, Asia and Europe have announced bans that prohibit passengers from bringing the device on flights over fears that they could catch fire.
Air Berlin banned the phones with immediate effect.
“Safety is always the highest of priorities for Air Berlin,” the company said in a statement. “Therefore the carriage of all Galaxy Note7 devices is prohibited on all Air Berlin group flights with immediate effect. Air Berlin has previously already banned the use of the Galaxy Note7 on board of all flights.”
German carrier Lufthansa, is reportedly planning to impose a similar ban across all flights.
Singapore Airlines said on its Facebook page that “the Galaxy Note7 smartphone will be prohibited from being brought on board all our flights in person, in carry-on baggage or checked-in baggage with effect from Oct. 16.”
Australia’s leading airlines have also issued a ban on the smartphone.
Virgin Australia and its subsidiary, Tiger Airways, as well as Qantas and its subsidiary, Jetstar, have all announced bans on the device.
“This is due to concerns regarding potential fire risk from the device’s battery after a number of incidents worldwide and follows a ban put in place by regulators overseas,” reads the statement on the Qantas site.
“The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage. Other Samsung devices are not affected.”
Virgin Australia posted a similar, stern warning on its website on Saturday.
“The use of Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices is currently prohibited on all Virgin Australia flights, and the complete ban announced today is an additional safety measure,” reads the Virgin Australia notice on its site. “This is due to safety concerns around the device and follows the implementation of a ban by the U.S. Department of Transportation.”
Samsung has stopped production of the Galaxy Note7 after recalling around 2.5 million phones in September following complaints of exploding batteries.