News emerged two weeks ago that MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017 could be banned on flights around the world due to a fire safety risk. This came after Apple recalled all of the 15-inch computers sold during the timeframe because of battery issues that led to overheating.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already banned the affected MacBook Pros from being brought on aircraft, both as a carry-on and in checked luggage, while the European safety watchdog (EASA) has already stated that if one of the affected laptops is brought on board a European flight, it must be switched off and not used (or charged) at all.
Now, it appears airlines across the world are following suit. Yesterday, Singapore Airlines copied the lead of Thai Airways by issuing a ban of the affected MacBook Pros on all their flights. Those who wish to fly must prove that the faulty battery has been replaced before boarding.
If you’re flying with Virgin Australia, meanwhile, you may only bring your affected laptop on to the plane as hand luggage after proving the faulty battery has been replaced.
Apple is thought to have recalled roughly 432,000 MacBook Pro laptops. You can check if yours is affected by entering its serial code here.
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