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Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport passengers react to Note7 ban

Signs posted at the Delta counter, remind passengers when they're checking in, that the phones are not allowed on board. (Image Source: WLOX News) Signs posted at the Delta counter, remind passengers when they're checking in, that the phones are not allowed on board. (Image Source: WLOX News)
The ban took effect at noon EST Saturday, October 15th. (Image Source: WLOX News) The ban took effect at noon EST Saturday, October 15th. (Image Source: WLOX News)
TSA officials at the airport say they have had to confiscate a few of the phones from passengers who were unaware of the ban. (Image Source: WLOX News) TSA officials at the airport say they have had to confiscate a few of the phones from passengers who were unaware of the ban. (Image Source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 has been banned from flights by the FAA due to a defect causing some of those phones to explode. Passengers at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport seem to agree with the ban.

"I think it was a good call. I really do," said Jean Foret.
    
After Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note7 due to reports of the phone catching fire, the Federal Aviation Administration felt the need to ban passengers from bringing them aboard flights.

"I think that's why they get paid do what they do. We need to support them and not cause drama in that. If they're professionals, I think we can be professional," said Ronald Pettigrew.
    
Pettigrew, who frequently flies, agrees with the ban, saying it's always better to be safe than sorry.

"Anything that you can do to remove stress when you're in close like that is a good thing. I wouldn't necessarily see that as a bad thing," said Pettigrew.

Signs posted at the Delta counter remind passengers when they're checking in, that the phones are not allowed onboard.

"I think the airlines are doing the best they can. I think that's good that they're not allowing the phones on, because we don't want that to happen on a flight," said Joe Lombardo.

TSA officials at the airport say they have had to confiscate a few of the phones from passengers who were unaware of the ban, but the airport offers a service for them to mail the phone back to their house.

"Maybe they should have bought an iPhone or something," said Foret.

According the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Note7 cannot be in carryon baggage or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.  

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