Apple’s voluntary recall of 15-inch MacBook Pros due to faulty batteries resulted in a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ban earlier this month. Now the flight restrictions imposed on Apple’s laptops are spreading to an increasing number of airlines.
MacBook owners need to start checking with an airline if they intend to take their laptop on a flight because the restrictions imposed vary. The worst case so far is when flying with Virgin Australia as the airline has decided to ban all Apple laptops from checked-in luggage.
Other airlines confirmed as imposing restrictions include Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways. For Qantas passengers, if your MacBook Pro$2,199.99 at Amazon is on Apple’s voluntary recalls list then it must be kept in your carry-on luggage and switched off at all times. For Singapore and Thai Airways, the affected MacBook Pros are banned from flights.
MacDailyNews Note: Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number which you can check here.