Flydubai is latest UAE airline to issue ban on MacBook Pro laptops
Flydubai joins Emirates, Etihad, as well as Oman Air in announcing ban
Flydubai has joined a growing number of UAE airlines to ban MacBook Pro laptops in checked-in luggage on its flights.
Sister publication Arabian Business reported, the low-cost airline made the announcement on its website, saying: "Following the recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017, we will be unable to accept these devices in hand baggage or checked baggage unless the battery has been replaced,"
Other airline to issue a ban include Etihad Airways, as well as Oman Air, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Virgin Australia.
The US Federal Aviation Administration last 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.