Fire concerns: More airlines ban MacBook Pro laptops

Fire concerns: More airlines ban MacBook Pro laptops

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Two major Australia-based airlines have banned MacBook Pro laptops from checked-in luggage on concern that laptop batteries could catch fire.

Qantas Airways Ltd. And Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd are the two Australian airlines announced ban on MacBook Pro laptops. With this, these airlines also joined a growing list of carriers and jurisdictions across the world to crack down on the MacBook Pro laptops out of fire concerns.

While Qantas restriction said all 15-inch versions of Apple Inc.’s MacBook Pro must be carried in the cabin and switched off, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. went further on Aug. 26, banning all Apple laptops from checked-in luggage.

The models in question are some 15-inch MacBook Pros sold from September 2015 to February 2017. Apple issued the recall in June, saying “in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.”

Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Thai Airways International PCL have already stopped passengers from taking any of the affected models on their aircraft.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month said it alerted major U.S. airlines about Apple’s recall. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency issued its own warning about these MacBook Pro models on Aug. 1.