Apple has a new kind of equipment problem on its hands.
Airlines have been prohibiting or restricting passengers from bringing MacBook laptops on to flights ever since the company issued a recall in June for 15-inch MacBook Pros with its Retina display sold between September 2015 and February 2017 because of overheating batteries that could catch fire.
A recall for one of its high-end machines is problem enough for Apple, especially coming after criticism of keyboards for some of its laptops that just won’t die. But the airlines’ move poses a new kind of challenge.
Qantas, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, and Air Transat also introduced bans on the laptops. In addition, Total Cargo Expertise, which manages cargo for several airlines, said in an internal notice to its staff that the affected devices are “prohibited on board any of our mandate carriers,” according to the article.
Some of the carriers prohibit people from checking the machines, some ban them from flights entirely. The bans are expected to stay in place until Apple resolves the issue.
This is, as the article says, a headache for people who have to travel with these laptops. Whether it is, as the article also says, “a severe overreaction,” may well depend on how one feels about flying.
MacBook Pro owners can check to see if their laptop has been recalled by inputting the device’s serial number here.