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Samsung’s having a right old crappy year. After the promise of its featured-packed Samsung Galaxy Note 7, its hopes to challenge Apple and others has quite literally gone up in smoke.
Global recalls of its flagship phablet has resulted in a damaged brand image, huge financial losses and the possibility of a permanently shelved Note range.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
For the past two months, users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and innocent bystanders in airports across the world, have been tweeting and Instagramming pictures of how airports and carriers are addressing the perceived threat of unstable smartphones.
This — ranging from overactive public service announcements, to hard-hitting counter notices, to more subtle gestures, like random phone checks — is about as bad as it can get for the Korean company.
Ultimately, it seems that the global airport reaction to the smartphone is this: “Go away, Note 7. Nobody wants you here.”
Have a look at their specific reactions from citizen reporters in airports from across the world.
— Dan Toma (@toma_dan) September 23, 2016
— Zakir Hussain (@ZAKIZZY) October 17, 2016
— Simon Groth (@simongroth) October 16, 2016
Washington DC, USA
— Mick Brown (@DCDingo) October 17, 2016
Samsung has seen a loss of over US$1-billion. And that only accounts for the Note 7’s first recall
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— Superyacht Content (@SY_Content) October 5, 2016
— Micheál Oharrchtain (@ezradavidovsky) October 18, 2016
— Massimo Bonanno (@bonanno_massimo) September 16, 2016
Seoul, South Korea
— Cravate_unie (@cravate_unie) September 20, 2016
New York, USA
New Delhi, India
— Mrutyunjay Mishra (@M2Od) September 28, 2016
— Matt Aguilera (@Matt_Aguilera) September 18, 2016
Plaine Magnien, Mauritius
— Gagan Sharma (@gagmix) September 15, 2016
— Shekhar Govindarajan (@shekharg) September 22, 2016
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— Stanislav Georgiev (@stanleygeorgiev) September 12, 2016
— Sarah Khazem (@SKhazem) September 27, 2016
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— Ceylon 365™ (@ceylon365) September 15, 2016
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— Jovan Wilando (@JovanWilando) September 18, 2016