Updated 17:43 PM PHT Tue, October 18, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced an all-encompassing ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
"Pursuant to the powers vested on the director general of the CAAP under RA (Republic Act 9497) otherwise known as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippine Act of 2008 and in the interest of aviation safety, all carriage of Samsung galaxy Note 7 devices are forbidden in airport premises, on board the aircraft and cargo flights,"said the memorandum signed by CAAP acting director-general Captain Jim Sydiongco.
The Memorandum Circular 34-16, obtained Tuesday, was dated October 13. The directive covers all Philippine carriers under its jurisdiction.
Flag carrier Philippine AIrlines (PAL) said it was immediately enforcing the CAAP memorandum circular banning the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all its passenger flights and cargo shipments.
Any passenger in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be refused entry into the aircraft until the device is removed from the passenger's carry-on or checked-in baggage, Philippine Airlines said in a statement.
Cebu Pacific in a statement on October 15 had announced a ban on the device and said that passengers carrying it may be held liable for criminal charges or penalties.
PAL said the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is classified as forbidden hazardous material, which poses a risk when transported by air.
"These may ignite and become a fuel source for fire even when powered off," the statement read.
Samsung has recalled over 2.5 million units of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 following numerous reports of the smartphone catching fire.