Galaxy Note 7 Mega Fine: Here’s How Much You Have to Pay If You Board a Plane With It
Earlier, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration pinned the final nail in the Galaxy Note 7 coffin by banning the phablet from being boarded on airplanes. However, if you’re bold enough to continue carrying the smartphone with you despite being warned, then there’s a hefty fine that you’ll have to pay.
Those Who Do Not Comply With the Galaxy Note 7 Banning Order Could See Themselves Getting Fined up to $179,933
The Federal Aviation Administration has now issued an Emergency Restriction, which in a nutshell, makes it a federal crime if someone boards a Galaxy Note 7 onboard a commercial airplane. The details of the order state that passengers must be notified before boarding that the Galaxy Note 7 is not allowed on the plane, even if it happens to be powered off. If a passenger is found to have a Note 7 on a plane, the device must be immediately turned off and handed over to the flight crew to be safely stored.
Unfortunately, those who are bold enough to break the rules may be fined up to $179,933 per violation and could face criminal prosecution. This can also mean that the violations that you’ve committed could end up handing you a bill of $359,866 in penalties and possible jail time. Given below are the details of the Emergency Restriction issued:
“Any person failing to comply with this Order is subject to civil penalties of up to $179,933 for each violation for each day they are found to be in violation (49 U.S.C. 5123). A person violating this Order may also be subject to criminal prosecution, which may result in fines under title 18, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both (49 U.S.C. 5124).”
According to an earlier report, Samsung was found to be testing the Galaxy Note 7’s batteries in-house. While the company has been doing this since 2009, this has been the first time since a problem of this scale has emerged. There was another report stating that Samsung could have rushed the Galaxy Note 7 announcement in order to get an upper hand against Apple and its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. While this is strictly my thought on the matter, the ambition to announcing the phablet much earlier could have forced Samsung to overlook a few battery tests, thus leading to this point.
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