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Tucson Internation Airport offers Alternative plans for banned Galaxy Note 7 phones

Posted at 5:03 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 20:03:30-04

If you're heading out of town and own a Galaxy Note 7 -- the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is asking you to leave your device at home because they are now banned from airplanes. It was recently reported that all note 7's should be powered off but now the FAA says that's not enough.

Tucson Airport officials are emphasizing the ban by putting up signs that read "Please be aware, DOT has banned all Galaxy Note 7 smart phones from airplanes."

T-I-A Police captain, Scott Bader says they're making sure the public is aware. Adding, "It's going to be in their best interest not to bring that to the airport when they're traveling."

Bader says bringing the phone will delay your travels. While T-I-A can secure your note 7 in a fire proof storage facility, the issues occur if you don't plan to return to Tucson. "In that case I'm going to instruct my my officers to not take the phone and put that onto that persons responsibility on how they want to transport that phone home....ship it home," says Bader.

The United States Postal Service tells KGUN 9 that Note 7 devices can only be shipped through "ground or parcel due to safety hazards and properly packaged."

If you do send your phone through package, make sure you pack the device in cardboard or hard plastic boxes.

Marilyn McGinnis was traveling to Las Vegas from Tucson, She says this issue is life threatening. Adding, "any of us getting on the plane even if we don't have a Samsung phone still affects us"

If you try to bring your Note 7 in a checked back, you can face criminal charges and fines up to $180,000.