Following Apple’s recall of some 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro models with faulty batteries, airlines around the world are starting to implement bans, some of which affect other non-impacted MacBook Pro models.
All 15-inch versions of Apple’s MacBook Pro must be carried in the cabin and switched off, Qantas said on Wednesday. The rule went into effect on Tuesday morning.
The ‘no MacBook rule’
Virgin Australia went further on August 26, banning all Apple laptops from checked-in luggage. The airline has specifically highlighted its prohibition against the Apple laptops.
“Due to a worldwide recall by Apple of a number of Apple MacBook batteries, all Apple MacBooks must be placed in carry-on baggage only. No Apple MacBooks are permitted in checked-in baggage until further notice.” They say on their dangerous goods page.
Apple initiated the voluntary recall in June, warning that 15-inch Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017 because the battery poses the risk of overheating, making it a security threat. The company, which has set up a support page for affected units, also asked customers to stop using them.
You can check if your Apple MacBook pro falls under the faulty battery category here!
Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways have already stopped passengers from taking any of the affected models on their aircraft. The FAA also reminded airlines to follow 2016 safety instructions for goods with recall. What that means is the affected Apple laptops should not be taken on flights as cargo or carry-on baggage.
Will we see other airlines following this move and implementing a ban as well?