Etihad announces ban on MacBook Pro laptops

Etihad, Emirates, Apple MacBook Pro

Passengers will not be allowed to carry the device in checked-in baggage.


Angel Tesorero

Published: Thu 29 Aug 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 31 Aug 2019, 2:34 PM

Following a safety-related recall of some Apple MacBook Pro laptop computers, Etihad Airways has banned the carriage of MacBook Pro computers in checked luggage, an airline spokesperson told Khaleej Times on Thursday.

"Guests may still carry MacBook Pro laptops on flights, but only in cabin baggage. The laptops subject to the manufacturer's recall must remain switched off throughout the flight. Charging of the devices will not be permitted in flight," Etihad said.

"This checked luggage restriction is consistent with the actions of many airlines worldwide. The safety of our guests and crew is of paramount importance to Etihad Airways," the Abu Dhabi-based airline underlined.
Etihad Cargo has also banned the bulk shipment of these computers.

On Wednesday, Qantas Airways barred some MacBook Pro models from checked-in luggage on concerns that batteries could catch fire, while Virgin Australia banned all Apple laptops from checked-in luggage starting August 26.

"All 15-inch versions of Apple Inc.'s MacBook Pro must be carried in the cabin and switched off," Qantas said.

The models in question are some 15-inch MacBook Pros sold from September 2015 to February 2017. Apple issued the recall in June, saying "in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk."

Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways have already stopped passengers from taking any of the affected models on their aircraft.

Meanwhile, it's business as usual at Emirates. A spokesperson at the Dubai-based carrier said there is no ban on Apple MacBook Pro Laptop.

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