Qantas, Virgin Australia ban recalled MacBooks from flights

29 Aug 2019

Virgin Australia and Qantas will be banning all MacBooks from being carried in checked luggage. This is as a precaution following reports that the 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display could ‘pose a fire safety risk’. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning to remind airlines that carrying laptops with such defective batteries would be a hazardous risk. 

Apple recalled the laptops back and said in a statement, ‘Because customer safety is a top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected 15-inch MacBook Pro units.’ The Australian airline announced on its ‘Dangerous Goods’ page that all Apple MacBooks could only be taken onboard in a carry-on luggage. The 15-inch MacBook Pro has a lithium-ion battery that could overheat. A Qantas spokesperson stated, ‘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.’

The two Australian airlines followed Singapore Airways and Thai Airways in disallowing the affected laptops. Furthermore, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration informed the major U.S. airlines about Apple’s latest issue with their MacBooks and urged them to follow the 2016 safety instructions for goods with recalled batteries. This says that the affected laptops cannot be taken on flights.