Because of the whole “exploding in your hands” issue, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled by the company, was banned from all US flights back in October. Prior to a flight, airlines had to notify passengers that they were not allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.

According to Samsung’s latest press release, the U.S. Department of Transportation has now removed the required pre-flight announcements regarding the Galaxy Note 7 for airlines. The reason behind the decision is that over 96 percent of Note 7 smartphones have already been returned.

The South Korean giant has been working hard to convince Galaxy Note 7 users to return their smartphones for safety reasons. Despite its efforts, some have decided to take the risk and keep using the phablet. That is why the company, together with carriers, killed off the remaining devices in use across the US with an update that prevents them from charging and turns them into expensive paperweights.

Look like the strategy, which the company used in other markets as well, worked. Not all of the Note 7 devices have been returned yet, but as most of them can’t be turned on, they don’t really pose a safety threat anymore.

Read comments