Following Apple’s recall of several models of the 15-inch Macbook Pro laptops, Oman Air and other airlines from across the world have prohibited allowing the laptops in checked baggage.
Apple recently announced a recall program in August regarding the danger of carrying the Macbook Pro laptops in checked-in baggage. Affected models were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.
“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,” said Apple in a statement on their website.
Additionally, in a statement from the Oman Air website, “Guests are to refrain from bringing the affected models in checked baggage. They may be allowed as hand-carry provided it remains switched off throughout the flight, protected from accidental activation, and not to be charged during the flight.”
Oman Air also advised its guests to visit Apple’s Macbook Pro Recall Program page for more details and information.
Other airlines and carriers across the world have posed safety concerns over the laptops, fearing they would self-combust. The airlines include Etihad Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Virgin Australia.
These concerns grew after the US Federal Aviation Administration alerted major US airlines about Apple’s recall. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency also issued its own warning about the specific MacBook Pro models.
In their statement, Apple has voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries for free, given proof of their eligibility. Consumers can find out their eligibility following the instructions on Apple’s Macbook Pro Recall Program page.
Before traveling, always make sure your checked-in and carry-on items won’t pose as safety hazards or threats by visiting the airline’s website. How will this ban affect your travel plans?