Amtrak Bans Galaxy Note 7 Smart Phones

Count Amtrak as among the nation’s common carriers that are banning the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phone.

Amtrak logoPassengers will be prohibited from not just traveling aboard trains with the phones, but they also are being prohibited from station platforms and waiting areas.

Amtrak said those found onboard with a Galaxy Note 7 in their possession will be asked to leave the train at the next station.

“Because there is nothing more important than the safety of our customers and employees, we have decided to prohibit Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones on Amtrak property due to potential serious safety risks,” an Amtrak spokesperson said. “This ban includes Amtrak trains, Thruway buses, facilities, stations, platforms, Amtrak vehicles, and as an item carried within a vehicle on Auto Train.”

Other carriers, including airlines, have banned the Galaxy Note 7 because of problems of faulty batteries catching fire and, in some cases, exploding.

The Federal Aviation Administration has prohibited passengers from flying with the phone.

Air travelers found with a Galaxy Note 7 could have their phone confiscated and “may face fines.”

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