Have we made it clear enough yet that you should return your Note 7? Well, now the FAA is getting on the bandwagon. Thanks to an emergency prohibition order, it’s now a crime to take a Note 7 on an airplane.
If you plan to fly, you’ll have to leave your Note 7 at home. The FAA now states that passengers may not carry the phone “on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked baggage, or as cargo.” If you manage to get it on a plane, you’ll be forced to power it down immediately. If the airline finds you have a Note 7 before you get on the plane, they may deny boarding you at all.
As if that weren’t enough, civil penalties for violating this restriction can be as high as $179,933 and could be prosecuted under title 18, which carries a penalty of fines and up to ten years in prison. Given how many units are sold, it’s unlikely that an airline will treat you as a criminal who willfully sets fire to a plane merely upon seeing your phone. However, it’s not a great idea to push it. At this point, if you haven’t returned your Note 7, you’re only making your own life harder.