News from Australia’s airlines this week is that passengers travelling with Apple MacBook laptops must place them in their carry-on luggage. Due to safety concerns, they cannot be packed in checked luggage.
A press release from Apple on 21 June 2019 announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.
While the recalled model is specifically for the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch mid-2015 laptop, Virgin Australia’s ban will apply to all Apple MacBooks due to the difficulty in determining different models.
A notice in the dangerous goods section of Virgin Australia’s website states:
“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.
“No Apple MacBooks are permitted in checked in baggage until further notice.”
We have been advised that Qantas also confirmed a ban on the MacBooks, but its ban only applies to MacBook Pro models, rather than all MacBook devices.
We have not details at this time about how long these bans will be in place.
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