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Emirates announces ban on faulty MacBook Pro laptops

Apple issued a recall of old gen 15-inch MacBook Pro units sold between September 2015 and February 2017 where the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.

An Emirates aeroplane
An Emirates aeroplane

Emirates has joined other international airlines in banning, specific Macbook Pro units that Apple have recalled, in both checked and carry-on luggage, Emirates posted on its website this week. 

In a report, an Emirates spokesperson confirmed, that passengers are barred from carrying the device both as check-in baggage and carry-on luggage.

"Apple recently announced a recall of 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold between September 2015 and February 2017, citing defective batteries that could overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Therefore, as a safety precaution, travellers will not be permitted to carry these MacBook Pro models as checked or carry-on baggage on Emirates flights unless the battery has been replaced," Emirates

The airline advises passengers to check if their units are affected, you can find if your unit is on the list here. Affected users will qualify for a free battery replacement. 

When the news was announced, Etihad Airways joined Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways in banning the carriage of MacBook Pro computers in checked luggage. 

"Guests may still carry MacBook Pro laptops on flights, but only in cabin baggage. The laptops subject to the manufacturer's recall must remain switched off throughout the flight. Charging of the devices will not be permitted in flight," Etihad earlier told Khaleej Times. "This checked luggage restriction is consistent with the actions of many airlines worldwide. The safety of our guests and crew is of paramount importance to Etihad Airways," the Abu Dhabi-based airline underlined.