While airlines in GCC including Oman Air has issued bans over the affected MacBook Pro laptops, others around the world have followed suit after warnings from both the US and EU.
On Friday, Oman Air banned the affected MacBook Pro laptops from being stowed in checked-in luggage, while they are allowed to still carry-on in hand baggage. We expect the ban will likely effect more airlines in the coming weeks.
What’s the real issue?
Some MacBook Pro 15-inch models have been identified as posing a fire risk by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and has banned them from being brought on an airplane.
Back in June, Apple initiated a recall for certain MacBook Pro 15-inch laptops sold between September 2015 and February 2017 for a battery replacement. At the time, the company noted that these portables could contain a battery that might overheat and pose a ‘safety risk’.
This affected a limited number of these notebooks, and you could check if your MacBook Pro was hit by this problem (and still can) by entering your serial number here.
It’s these MacBooks which the FAA has alerted major US airlines about, noting that it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops”, as Bloomberg reports.
Airlines were told to follow safety regulations from 2016 for products with batteries under recall, meaning that these affected MacBooks can’t be taken on a flight due to that potential fire risk (unless they have had the battery replaced by Apple).