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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Ban on Planes is Call to Action for Tech, or Should Be

News of the FAA’s ban on use of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on aircraft followed shortly after Australian carriers had implemented their own voluntary ban over concerns that some devices have spontaneously ignited.

But while the focus is on problems with the Galaxy Note 7 these incidents are symptomatic of a bigger issue: the inherent violent flammability of Lithium-Ion batteries with which have posed a threat to aviation for years.

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What You Need To Know About the Risks Of Flying With Gadgets

As reported by Aircraft Interiors International Magazine, a fire in the overhead compartment onboard KLM flight KL875 on March 15, originating from the battery of a TV crew’s drone unit, raises questions once again of how aviation can manage a situation over which it has no control: the decision by electronics manufacturers to use volatile Lithium-Ion batteries in their equipment rather than safer, equally effective and inexpensive alternatives.