Qantas bans 15-inch MacBook Pro from checked-in luggage

The carrier has joined a list of airlines that have raised concerns the laptop’s battery could overheat and catch on fire onboard

If you are a proud owner of a 15-inch MacBook Pro, you might face some troubles during your travels in the Australian region. And apparently, not only there. 

15-inch Apple MacBook Pros must be carried in cabin baggage and switched off for flights — guteksk7 / Shutterstock Qantas bans 15-inch MacBook Pro from checked-in luggage
15-inch Apple MacBook Pros must be carried in cabin baggage and switched off for flights — guteksk7 / Shutterstock
 

The Land Down Under’s carrier Qantas has just banned this particular type of Apple Computers from checked baggage. By this move, the airline joins a number of other carriers that have raised concerns over the computer’s safety. 

“Until further notice, all 15-inch Apple MacBook Pros must be carried in cabin baggage and switched off for flight following a recall notice issued by Apple”, said a Qantas group spokesperson. 

Apples on fire 

The main argument to ban the devices onboard a plane is that there are risks related to its battery. The carriers fear that under certain circumstances, the batteries could overheat and catch on fire. 

Apple was the first to announce the dangers of the battery implemented inside the 15-inch laptop. In June this year, the company issued a recall for the particular computer type sold from September 2015 to February 2017 saying “in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk”.

Both Thai Airways or Singapore Airlines have banned the 15-inch model from checked baggage as well — Andrey Armyagov / Shutterstock
Both Thai Airways or Singapore Airlines have banned the 15-inch model from checked baggage as well — Andrey Armyagov / Shutterstock
 

The Federal Aviation Administration was the first authority to ban this version of MacBook Pros on flights due to possible fire risks concerns. 

Many carriers have implemented the restrictions, including Thai Airways or Singapore Airlines. Both these carriers have banned the 15-inch model from cabin baggage as well. 

Virgin Australia took the measure to another level by banning all Apple MacBooks from carry-on baggage completely.

On 26 August, the airline issued a statement saying “due to a worldwide recall by Apple of a number of Apple MacBook batteries, all Apple MacBooks must be placed in carry-on baggage only”.

In addition, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency has issued a warning about the older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro model earlier this month. The agency urged passengers to keep the laptops switched off and not use or charge the device onboard.