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Etihad Airways joins airlines in Apple MacBook Pro check-in ban

Etihad Cargo also bans shipment of Apple MacBook Pro laptop computers

Etihad Airways joins airlines in Apple MacBook Pro check-in ban
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency issued its own warning about the particular MacBook Pro models on August 1.

Passengers flying with Etihad Airways will not be allowed to place their Apple MacBook Pro laptop computers in their check-in luggage.

The UAE carrier told Arabian Business that Etihad Cargo has also banned the bulk shipment of the computers.

It comes following safety fears over the batteries over-heating and potentially starting fires.

A spokesperson said: “Following a safety-related recall of some Apple MacBook Pro Laptop computers, Etihad Airways has banned the carriage of MacBook Pro computers in checked luggage.

“Guests may still carry MacBook Pro laptops on flights, but only in cabin baggage. The laptops subject to the manufacturer’s recall must remain switched off throughout the flight. Charging of the devices will not be permitted in flight.”

Etihad 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 Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Virgin Australia.

A spokesperson for Emirates confirmed earlier this week 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.

A notice from Apple said: “Apple today announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number.”

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