U.S. government bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on all flights

This Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, photo provided by Andrew Zuis, of Farmington, Minn., shows the replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone belonging to his 13-year-old daughter Abby, that melted in her hand earlier in the day. (Andrew Zuis via AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The federal government has banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from all flights.

The U.S. Department of Transportation made the announcement Friday with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

People who own or possess the Galaxy Note 7 may not bring them on their person, inside a carry-on, or inside checked baggage onto any flights to, from, or within the United States.

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”

This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.

The ban goes into effect this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at 11 a.m. Central.

The phones were recalled after reports of dozens of devices exploding or catching fire, and replacement devices didn’t seem to fix the problem. Samsung has since suspended the manufacture and sale of the phone earlier this week.