Federal regulators issued an emergency order Friday banning the
The U.S. Department of Transportation, the
The order goes into effect Saturday at 9 a.m. PDT.
“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” Transportation Secretary
Passengers who try to take their Galaxy Note 7 phones aboard aircraft may be forced to relinquish their devices and may face fines, the agencies said.
"Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident," they said. "Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines."
A day after it halted global sales of the phones,
Several airlines had begun packing extra fire equipment on planes to deal with potential explosions by the phones and other devices powered by lithium-ion batteries.
Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Delta Air Lines added fire-resistant containment bags to their onboard fire equipment. The carriers said they have trained flight attendants to use the bags.
"The bags are specially designed for mid-flight lithium battery fires," said Halley Knigge, a spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines. She added that the bags can withstand heat of up to 3,200 degrees.
During an earnings call with analysts this week, Delta Chief Executive Edward Bastian said his airline has added similar containment bags.
"We're aware of the concerns around lithium batteries, and we're very mindful that safety is always our most important concern," he said.
Other airlines say their planes have long been equipped with fire extinguishers in the cabin and fire detection and suppression systems in their cargo areas.
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