Air Botswana has banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices from all its flights for an indefinite period with immediate effect – October 17, 2016. The ban follows a similar decision taken by numerous major airlines across the globe lately over the faulty device whose battery is known to explode and catch flame. Air Botswana said it has been monitoring the situation closely following a spate of reported incidents involving the luxury smartphone. “The problem has now escalated to levels which pose a serious threat to flight safety,” the airline said in a press statement on Monday. The reasons advanced by the airline is that it has been reported that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices have a battery cell that has a risk of exploding or catching flames when in use, including even on the replaced Smart phones. Several other major carriers across the world announced a similar decision over the past few days, with all the airlines in Japan applying a blanket ban on the device. Other reputable airlines to impose the ban include Hong Kong flag carrier, Cathay Pacific as well as Middle-East based carriers, Fly Emirates and Etihad Airways. Complaints over explosion of Galaxy Note 7 have forced the South Korean-based multinational to permanently stop production of the concerned mobile phone, recalling around 2.5 million phones following battery explosion concerns last month.