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Two Australian Airlines Ban MacBooks From Checked Baggage

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In the wake of Apple recalling some MacBook Pro models from 2015–2017, two Australian airlines have banned MacBook Pros. The two Australian airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia, are disallowing Apple MacBook Pro computers from checked-in luggage.


The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently told US airlines not to allow certain MacBook models on their flights. Specifically, the 2015 to 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro models. This was just after Apple recalled the gadgets.


One of the airlines, Virgin Australia left a message to the effect on their dangerous good section. It read:

“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.”


15-inch Macbook Pro


However, the ban by the airline goes beyond just the recalled MacBooks. It encompasses all Apple MacBook computer. It includes the 13-inch and 12-inch MacBook. Notwithstanding that they were different from the recalled 15-inch models.


Meanwhile, the other airline, Qantas, only bans the affected 15-inch MacBook Pros. Although, the airline only forbids the passengers from using any 15-inch MacBook Pro during the flight. A spokesperson from Qantas reportedly said,

“Until further notice, all 15-inch Apple MacBook Pros must be carried in cabin baggage and switched off for flight following a recall notice issued by Apple.”


These Australian airlines are not riding solo. Some Singapore and Thai Airlines have also banned passengers from bringing the affected MacBook models on their aircraft. However, their ban also only affected specific models.

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