Frequent flyers should be paying close attention to Samsung’s massive Galaxy Note 7 recall, since an exploding battery could technically be considered a hazardous thing to bring on an airplane. The FAA is reportedly investigating the issue, so while the device is currently still allowed on a plane, that may not be the case for much longer.
Technically any recalled battery would be disallowed on a flight according to the FAA’s guidelines, but since Samsung didn’t handle the recall through official channels, the Note 7 isn’t officially recalled through the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. That commission is who handles issuing out recalls for devices in the US, who would then also allow groups like the FAA know that “hey, this device explodes sometimes.” Since Samsung issued a voluntary recall and skipped that commission, the FAA has had to conduct their own investigation into the matter. That recall situation is also why you can still find a Note 7 for sale if you look hard enough.
Outside of the FAA, most major US airlines don’t have any plans on banning the phone from their flights. If the FAA issued a ban, then the airlines would follow that guidance, but until then it doesn’t look like any individual airline will be checking your phone before you get on a flight.
And that, of course, brings up the major problem with banning only the recalled Galaxy Note 7. It’s going to be insanely difficult to check to see if the phones were of the recalled batch or if they’re part of the new, non-exploding variety. Banning every single Galaxy Note 7 would probably work, but again, that’s a headache. All of this may be why the FAA is just going to cross their fingers and hope for the best.