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US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from airliners

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Transportation Department is issuing an emergency order banning passengers and flight crews from bringing Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones on airline flights in response to reports of the phones catching fire.

The order goes into effect Saturday at noon eastern time. It says the phone may not be carried on board or packed in checked bags on flights to and from the United States or within the country. The phones also can't be shipped as air cargo.

The change comes after several cases of the phone catching fire. Earlier this month, a passenger's phone started smoking on a flight out of Louisville. 
The phone's owner told WDRB he was carrying a replacement for the previously recalled Note7. 

"It's kind of frightening because it's starting fires, especially on an airplane where you would feel really vulnerable," said Sandy Christel, who was traveling Friday. 

Federal officials say they know the change will inconvenience some passengers. But in part of a statement, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says, "We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk."

"I think that's great because those things are very dangerous," traveler Barbara Wilson said about the ban. 

As for people who don't follow the new rules, federal officials say you can be denied boarding, face criminal prosecution and be fined. 

Samsung recalled more than 2.5 million of the smartphones and discontinued the product earlier this week.

Samsung has provided guidance for customers about refund and replacement options, as well as how to contact wireless carriers. For that information, click here.

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