US flight attendants to stop Note 7 warnings

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Johannesburg - The pre-boarding notification at US airports that warns Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners not to be in possession of the device during a flight has been lifted.  

Since late 2016, posters have been placed in airports and travellers issued warnings not to board a flight with the most controversial smartphone ever.

This came after a series of handsets exploded around the world, gutting homes and vehicles. No injuries, though, have been reported from Note 7s exploding. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Samsung South Africa said that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would no longer require US airlines to make a pre-boarding announcement to passengers about the device being prohibited from flights. 

“The devices are still prohibited on both passenger and air cargo aircraft, but the Department of Transportation (DOT) has lifted the requirement that the airlines make the specific pre-boarding notification,” the company said in the statement.

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

The DOT issued an emergency prohibition - effective on October 14, 2016 - declaring that the device was forbidden on aircraft. The US was also the first country to impose the prohibition.

Shortly after, other countries around the world imposed a ban on the device with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) imposing a ban on the device in the country, despite the Note 7 not being sold locally. 

Samsung said that it has successfully recalled over 93% of all Note7 devices in the US since thE order went into effect.

US wireless providers have also pushed out firmware created by Samsung that prevents batteries on the remaining devices from charging.

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