Oman Air has joined the list of carriers refusing to allow MacBook Pro laptops in checked-in luggage on its flights.
The airline said the ban is in light of safety concerns over the batteries in the 15-inch MacBook Pro devices and the potential fire risk they pose, although they are allowed as part of carry-on luggage.
A statement from the airline said: “For the safety of our guests and crew, Oman Air has prohibited the carriage of older generation 15-inch Macbook Pro models in checked luggage.
"Guests are to refrain from bringing the affected models in checked baggage. They may be allowed as hand-carry provided they remain switched off throughout the flight, protected from accidental activation, and not to be charged during the flight.”
Oman Air joins a growing list of carriers and jurisdictions across the world cracking down on the portable computers out of concern some could self-combust, including Etihad Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Virgin Australia.
A spokesperson for Emirates confirmed that the airline would not be issuing a similar ban.
The US Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month said it alerted major US airlines about Apple’s recall. The FAA reminded airlines to follow 2016 safety instructions for goods with recalled batteries, which means the affected Apple laptops should not be taken on flights as cargo or carry-on baggage.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency issued its own warning about the particular MacBook Pro models on August 1.
While there have been repeated incidents of phones, laptops and other devices overheating and catching fire in planes’ passenger compartments, a fire hasn’t ever gone out of control. There have been at least three accidents, two of them fatal, on cargo airlines since 2006 in which lithium batteries were suspected of causing fires.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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