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FAA issues emergency ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on display. (FOX Carolina/10/15/16) Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on display. (FOX Carolina/10/15/16)

Upstate travelers will no longer be able to travel with a specific smartphone model. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is No longer allowed on flights starting Saturday at noon. 

This comes after  repeated instances of the phones catching on fire.  So far Samsung has recalled 2.5 million of these smartphones.

"The FAA issued an emergency ban and so passengers effective today, Saturday  at noon are prohibited from bringing a Samsung note 7 smart phone on board an aircraft," Rosylin Weston said.

Weston is the vice president of communications for GSP and said any traveler who carries one of the smartphones in their possession in the airport will face a fine. 

"Samsung had used a battery manufacturer, and the battery basically the battery was too big for the case," Deveren Werne said. "The batteries were short-circuiting basically because they were crimped. When you put on the case it became tight and it would overheat and short circuit which would cause a fire."

Werne is the vice president of Liquid Video Technologies in Greenville. He said this isn't the first technological problem seen by consumers. Werne said the company made the same mistake twice. 

"Samsung switched that out for another battery manufacturer. And it then it started happening again," Werne said.  

Federal authorities say there's been nearly 100 reports of Galaxy Note 7 batteries overheating. 

"Anyone seen with that device, trying to board an aircraft will be denied boarding and if someone is found trying to smuggle one on board he or she is subject to a fine," Weston said. 

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