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Airlines prohibit all MacBook Pros from checked luggage



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Apple's MacBook Pro from 2015 was recalled for battery reasons.


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Two Australian airlines prohibit all 15-inch Apple Macbook Pros from being transported in the jet's cargo hold, and those in the cabin must be turned off during the flight. The new rules even apply to MacBook pros that were not subject to a recent recall.

At the top of the information page for Virgin Australia's Dangerous Goods, which identifies items passengers are not allowed to bring their aircraft, the airline has specifically highlighted the ban on Apple laptops.

"Due to a worldwide recall of Apple by a number of Apple MacBook batteries, all Apple MacBooks must only be placed in luggage," the note states. "No Apple MacBooks are allowed in the luggage for the time being."

Qantas Airways has issued similar rules and told ZDNet that "for the time being, all 15-inch Apple MacBook Pros must be included in cabin luggage and turned off for flight following a recall notice issued by Apple."

Other airlines that have banned The unit to be brought on-board flights or checked-in luggage includes Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.

Apple initiated the voluntary recall in June warning that 15-inch Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017 "contain a battery that can overheat and pose a security risk." The company, which has set up a support site for affected devices, also asked customers to stop using them.

A month later, the US Federal Aviation Administration notified major U.S. airlines of the recall and reminded them that rules issued in 2016 prohibit the transportation of products that have been subject to a security check either in the cabin or which load until they have been repaired or replaced.

Over the past few years, the use of lithium-ion batteries has been linked to fires and smoke smoke in a variety of products, including Samsung's now canceled Galaxy Note 7, hoverboards and Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.

Apple declined to comment on this story.

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