In June, Apple recalled the 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display, sold between September 2015 and February 2017 because the battery could pose a fire safety risk, and the FAA quickly reminded airlines to replace those laptops with defective batteries. not to have on board. But some airlines now prohibit Apple laptops whether they have a bad battery or not, as reported by Bloomberg.
Virgin Australia does not take any risks: it prohibits any MacBook from being transported in checked baggage. In a notification on the page & # 39; Dangerous goods & # 39; does not distinguish the company by shape, screen size, or year in which it was created: all & # 39; Apple MacBooks & # 39; being able nothing but be brought in aircraft in hand luggage.
That may sound extreme, because the vast majority of Apple laptops have not been recalled. The policy makes it sound like you can still use your laptops once during the flight.
But if you fly with Qantas Airways with a 15-inch MacBook Pro, that last part may not be true. Not only does the courier forbid any 15-inch MacBook Pro from checked baggage, it will not let you use it during the flight.
"Until further notice, all 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro & # 39; s must be carried in hand luggage and turned off before the flight after an Apple recall notice," said a Qantas spokesperson told ZDNet.
Although it's understandable that Quantas may not be able to easily see if a 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro has one of the recalled batteries or not – that requires look up a serial number online – it would be nice if they exempt the 2016-and-later MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which has several fairly easy to distinguish visual characteristics and has not had a battery recall that we know of.
If you have an affected 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple says it will replace your battery for free, but you must send your laptop to an Apple repair center. You can check whether your unit is eligible for replacement here.