The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)Â has banned the use of Samsung Galaxy NoteÂ 7 on all airlines operating in Ghana.
A statement from the regulator of Ghanaâ€™s aviation sector said the ban takes effect Monday, September 26, 2016,a Starr FM report has indicated.
A lot of safety concerns have been raised about the new phones. Some customers have reported that the updated Note 7 phone, which Samsung began issuing last week after a global recall of the smartphones at the beginning of the month, have been losing power quickly, even whenÂ charging, and becoming unexpectedly hot while others are exploding.
Over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices have been recalled due to reported cases of overheating or exploding while charging.
The GCAA has therefore stopped airlineÂ passengers and crew in possession of aÂ Galaxy Note 7 from carrying the phoneÂ onboard a flight from Ghana, whileÂ passengers coming from other countries to Ghana cannot turn on the device or charge them on board an aircraft.
The GCAA has warned passengers fromÂ hiding the â€œdevice in any checked inÂ baggage, even when turned offâ€.
â€œThe directive shall form part of the safety briefing to passengers on board all airlines operating in Ghana and operating into and out of Ghana until otherwise directed by the Authority,â€ the statement added.