You Can Bring An Exploding Phone On A Plane, But Not Too Much Shampoo

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Passengers are allowed to bring exploding smartphones on planes, but they cannot pack a number of other everyday, seemingly innocuous products.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is still permitted onto planes, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Thursday, even though there were multiple reports of the cellular devices combusting into flames. If this type of mobile phone is brought onto an aircraft, it cannot be charging and must be turned off, according to updated rules published on the agency’s website.

Travelers are forbidden to carry on more than 3.4 ounces of liquid of a certain product, according to Transportation Security Administration‘s (TSA) listed rules. It is also required to carry the small fluid vessels in a translucent bag separate from carry-on luggage during the screening process. Any larger amounts of liquids must be placed in checked luggage so that they can be inaccessible to the owner and further inspected by security.

Other items that must remain lower than 3.4 ounces in quantity is maple syrup, jam, gravy, yogurt, salsa, salad dressing, pies and cakes, and “creamy dips,” according to TSA’s website.

Recreational items like pool cues and hockey sticks are also prohibited.

TSA reserves the right to impose fines of “$12,856 per violation per person.”

Samsung delayed shipping of the Galaxy Note 7 until it could identify the mechanical problem, which is believed to stem from the battery.

“Samsung continues to ensure that consumer safety remains our top priority. We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note7s and exchange them now,” Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.

Samsung itself is aware of the dangers of the phone, which is why it’s  advising people to exchange the product for a refund.

The product is still permitted onto airplanes.

“We are aware of the Federal Aviation Administration’s statement about the Galaxy Note 7,” Samsung said in a published statement. “Consumer safety and peace of mind are our top priority. We plan to expedite new shipments of Galaxy Note 7 starting from this week in order to alleviate any safety concerns and reduce any inconvenience for our customers.”

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