Oman Air, Etihad ban Apple MacBook Pro check-in

Airlines have banned the laptop following safety fears over batteries potentially starting fires

Oman Air did add that guests can carry the laptop in their cabin-bag provided that it remains switched off
Oman Air did add that guests can carry the laptop in their cabin-bag provided that it remains switched off

Oman Air is the latest airline to join Etihad and other airlines to ban the check-in of Apple MacBook Pro laptop.

Guests will now have to carry this laptop in their cabin-bag.

Some time back, Apple announced a recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro models because the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Officials said that the affected models were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.

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In a statement online, Oman Air said: “Oman Air prohibits the carriage of damaged, defective or recalled Apple MacBook Pro Lithium batteries in checked baggage.”

Oman Air did add that guests can carry the laptop in their cabin-bag provided that it remains switched off  will not be charged throughout the flight.

A spokesperson for Etihad Airways told sister publication Arabian Business: “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.”

Emirates Airlines however will not be issuing a similar ban, Arabian Business reported.

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