DGCA lifts ban on carrying new Samsung Galaxy Note 7

New Delhi: India’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has lifted a ban on using and carrying Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones on commercial airplanes for devices purchased after September 15 this year.

Earlier this year, DGCA had issued a directive to passengers and airlines not to carry, charge or use Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phones following several reports of these phone batteries catching fire, while they were in use or being charged.

However, the restrictions will continue to apply for phones purchased before September 15 this year, DGCA said in a statement.

Following the mishaps, Samsung Electronics Inc. recalled these phones from across the globe last month.

Samsung says that new Galaxy Note7 devices displaying the ‘green battery icon’ are safe to charge and use during flights.

However, Samsung has not sold a single unit of Galaxy Note 7 in India so far. When it is launched, the ‘green battery icon’ will be a feature of the device.

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