Published: Sat, August 31, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Etihad restricts certain Apple laptops from flights

Etihad restricts certain Apple laptops from flights

This follows directives from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the United States Federal Aviation Administration that alerted airlines of the recall and banned the laptop models from flights, the report said. For Qantas passengers, if your MacBook Pro is on Apple's voluntary recalls list then it must be kept in your carry-on luggage and switched off at all times. Interestingly, the Virgin Australia is simply not permitting MacBooks in check-in baggage but it is allowing them to be placed in carry-on baggage.

Apple had recently announced a recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 due to fears that their batteries may overheat and catch fire.

The airline advised passengers to visit Apple's page on its MacBook Pro battery recall programme to get more information on whether their laptops are affected as well as battery replacement options. Fill in your serial number to check if your device is affected. For Singapore and Thai Airways, the affected MacBook Pros are banned from flights.

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The company said some of the models contain "cells that have a chance of overheating" which could "pose a fire safety risk".

The MacBook Pro A1278 is a late 2011 model, featuring a 2.5Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4 gigabytes of RAM, a 500 gigabyte Serial ATA hard drive disk, and a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen. Because customer safety is a top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected 15-inch MacBook Pro units. "No Apple MacBooks are permitted in checked in baggage until further notice", said the airline in its baggage policy. If you have a 15-Inch MacBook Pro, check the serial number with Apple to be sure you're not affected-you'll be fine to fly in the US with your computer.

The recent restriction, according to the airline, comes in line with actions taken by several airlines around the world.

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