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FAA ends Galaxy Note 7 notification, 96 percent of devices returned

Enlarge / One of the early United Airlines warnings about the Note 7. (credit: Donald Sadoway)

If you’ve flown anywhere in the last few months, you’ve probably heard an announcement saying something like “Samsung Galaxy Note 7s are defective. You aren’t allowed to turn them on or charge them on the plane, and they can’t be in your carry-on luggage.” After a defective Galaxy Note 7 exploded on a Southwest flight, the Federal Aviation Administration banned the device, and this warning has been made before every flight since.

Now It’s looking like the end of the line for the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. Samsung recently announced that 96 percent of Galaxy Note 7s have been returned, and in response, the FAA has decided to remove the requirement for airlines to make a Note 7 pre-boarding announcement.

The 96 percent return rate is thanks to the actions of Samsung and carriers, which, in addition to sending out plenty of notifications, have recently started remotely disabling Galaxy Note 7 units. If customers were stubborn about returning a defective device, they probably became a lot more interested in getting a replacement after their Note 7 became a useless brick.

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