Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones banned from all flights to, from or within the U.S.

This Sept. 8, 2016, photo, shows a damaged Samsung Galaxy Note 7, in Marion, Ill., belonging to Joni Gantz Barwick, who was woken up at 3 a.m. by smoke and sparks from her Galaxy Note 7. (Joni Gantz Barwick via AP)

The United States government has issued an emergency order, banning all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from airplanes.

The mandate includes all U.S. airlines and was issued following news that Samsung was entirely discontinuing production of the phone model due to numerous incidents of the smartphones catching fire stemming from a lithium battery malfunction. The same issues occurred with the replacement phones Samsung issued to customers. Now the electronics company has mailed customers fire-proof boxes they can use to safely return Galaxy Note 7 phones.

The Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, announced the ban on Friday.

The order explains that passengers with Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones cannot carry them on their person, in their carry-on luggage or in check bags on flights to, from or within the United States. You also can’t ship the smartphones as air cargo.

The ban is effective starting on Saturday at noon, which could complicate travel plans for those who already have reservations and were unprepared for the swift move. An overheated, smoking Galaxy Note 7 recently forced a flight heading from Louisville to Baltimore to evacuate. Aviation officials are still investigating that incident, and blight attendants on many airlines had already added a warning about the device to their pre-flight safety demonstrations.

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “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.”

“The fire hazard with the original Note7 and with the replacement Note7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “I would like to remind consumers once again to take advantage of the remedies offered, including a full refund. It’s the right thing to do and the safest thing to do.”

According to a release from the DOT, here a checklist of what travelers need to know.

•If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, the phones may be confiscated and passengers may face fines.

• Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident. Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.

• Passengers currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone. Samsung has provided guidance for customers about refund and replacement options, as well as how to contact wireless carriers, at[external link]. Samsung is also answering customers’ questions at 1-844-365-6197.

• If an airline representative observes that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Note7 device prior to boarding an aircraft, the air carrier must deny boarding to the passenger unless and until the passenger divests themselves and their carry-on and checked baggage of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device. Passengers absolutely should not pack the phones in their checked luggage.

• If a flight crew member identifies that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device while the aircraft is in flight, the crew member must instruct the passenger to power off the device, not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and keep the device on their person and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight.

"The Samsung Galaxy Note7 device is considered a forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations , which forbid airline passengers or crew from traveling with lithium cells or batteries or portable electronic devices that are likely to generate a dangerous evolution of heat. PHMSA has issued a special permit to Samsung to facilitate commercial shipment of the recalled devices by ground transportation."

For additional information on returning your recalled Galaxy Note7 device to the manufacturer, call 1-800-SAMSUNG or 1-800-726-7864 or click here.

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