If you have recently booked a ticket on any flight in India you may have heard the following announcement – “Carriage of older generation of Apple MacBooks is prohibited via air.”
It all started when Apple recalled all the 15-inch MacBook pro units that were marketed mainly between September 2015 and February 2017, in June. The reason cited by Apple was that the battery can overheat, potentially swell or ignite in the impacted laptops. Apple would then be replacing the batteries of all the faulty MacBook Pro laptops for free.
U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency announced to the airlines that they would practice the required precautions after Apple’s warning. Days after this, India’s DGCA, which is its aviation regulatory body, said these laptops should not be carried by fliers in check-in or carry-on baggage.
The prohibited MacBook Pro laptops will not be permitted in either checked-in baggage or hand luggage unless they have replaced their battery or Apple has considered it secure.
In its recall advisory, Apple stated that , “Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number “.
DGCA said in its note, “Consequent upon the recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops by Apple (sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017) due to fears that their batteries may overheat and pose safety risk, DGCA requests all air passengers not to fly with the affected models either as hand-baggage or checked-in baggage until the battery has been verified/certified as safe or replaced by the manufacturer.”
Though Clear, but the advisory is a bit tricky for MacBook Pro users. There is only a small batch of MacBook Pro laptops that have been impacted, but it may not be possible for airport and flight safety employees to find out which MacBook Pro is impacted and which is not. This can lead in an efficient ban on all MacBook Pro laptops in flights, or at least may result in fliers carrying a MacBook having trouble.
Apple has given a tool on its website where a MacBook Pro customer can find out whether or not their laptop was impacted. If Apple has recalled it as part of the laptops, the business will substitute its battery free of charge.
Apple said on its website, “Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider to have your battery replaced. Your MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program. Service may take 1-2 weeks.”