DGCA lifts ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung’s been at the receiving end of a barrage of bad news lately thanks to its exploding Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. However, it can now breathe a small sigh of relief since the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has lifted their ban on the fire-prone handset.

To recap, the DGCA had banned the Galaxy Note 7 on September 9. Passengers were not allowed to stow the phone in any checked-in baggage. They weren’t allowed to switch on or charge the device while flying either. This directive has now been lifted for all units of the smartphone sold after September 15.

Samsung hasn’t actually put the Galaxy Note 7 up for sale in India as yet since the offering never went past the pre-order stage. However, individuals may have bought the phone abroad and brought it to India, necessitating the need to issue the order in the first place.

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All Galaxy Note 7’s purchased before September 15 have a white battery charge indication on its screen. Those bought after the cut-off date display a green battery symbol. These safe units can now be carried on board any aircraft. In a statement, the company asserted that all units of the handset sold in India will bear the latter icon.

Samsung didn’t clarify when exactly it was planning to release the phablet on Indian shores. Earlier reports had pinned down an October 7 date for its relaunch in order for it to go head-to-head with the iPhone 7.