Samsung at DIA switching out Galaxy Note 7 devices before flights

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DENVER — Samsung is working to make sure passengers at Denver International Airport don’t have to take off without their phone.

On Saturday, the government banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices — which are known to catch fire — from from all U.S. passenger flights, whether in carry-on bags or checked luggage.

Government regulators warned that anyone caught trying to fly in a passenger plane with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 could have their phone confiscated and “may face fines.”

It also warned if passengers try to stash their Note 7 phones in checked luggage to avoid getting caught, they could face “criminal prosecution.”

“Even one fire incident in flight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority.”

To help make it a little less inconvenient for travelers in Denver, airport officials said Samsung Note 7 devices will be replaced with Galaxy S7 devices onsite.

“Samsung reps are at the airport replacing Samsung Note 7 with Galaxy S7 before boarding a flight,” airport officials said on Twitter.

Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery said Samsung representatives asked to be in the airport Monday, so it was not clear whether they only plan to be there for one day.

Montgomery said he believed representatives were not located in one specific location but were responding to ticket counters and airline gates as needed to help travelers.