By Daniel Sabiiti
Rwanda’s national carrier has banned the transportation of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices as cargo aboard its planes.
Rwanda becomes the first country in the East African region to enforce the directive which comes three days after the Federal Aviation Administration FAA banned passengers from turning on Samsung Galaxy Note 7s in flight
The flight agency had “strongly advised” users against turning on or charging the device on board after Samsung Note7 user who said the phone burnt in his pocket causing him severe bodily injuries.
The incident happened on September 9 in the US.
“In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, RwandAir has banned the transportation of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones as Cargo aboard its flights” read a statement released by Rwandair today.
In the new directives, Rwandair said that passengers are strongly advised to ensure that no mobile phone is used during flight especially on the A330 aircraft equipped with connectivity services.
“Passengers who are in possession of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones are advised not to turn on or charge these devices onboard the aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage” part of the statement said.
The FAA statement this week however indicated tougher measures for airlines in the US saying that “Passengers may not turn on or charge the devices when they carry them on a board a plane,” according to a statement released last week.
This Sunday, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) also released a statement banning the use of Galaxy Note 7 phones on board.
The South Korean company has recognized the defect in the Galaxy Note 7 and recalled about 2.5 million devices around the world while offering exchange and cash refund options.
So far only 130,000 of the 1 million recalled Note 7 devices in the US have been exchanged.