Due to a safety-related recall of some Apple MacBook Pro laptop computers, Etihad Airways has banned the carriage of MacBook Pro computers in checked luggage.
According to Etihad, guests may still carry MacBook Pro laptops on flights, but only in cabin baggage. The laptops subject to the manufacturer’s recall have to remain switched off throughout the flight. Moreover, charging of the devices is not permitted in flight.
They also noted that this checked luggage restriction is consistent with the actions of many airlines worldwide. And the safety of their guests and crew is of supreme importance to Etihad Airways.
Etihad Cargo has also banned the bulk shipment of these computers.
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.
According to Qantas Airways, all 15-inch versions of Apple Inc.’s MacBook Pro must be carried in the cabin and switched off.
The models in question are some 15-inch MacBook Pros sold from September 2015 to February 2017. Apple issued the recall in June, saying that 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.
However, in Emirates, there is no ban on Apple MacBook Pro Laptop.