According to TechRadar, Virgin Airlines in Australia has banned older Apple MacBook Pros from being checked-in after being deemed a potential fire hazard. Although the airline still allows them as carry-ons, others are enforcing a stricter ban on the laptops until the battery can be verified.
Virgin Airlines in Australia is the most recent to ban affected models from being stowed in checked-in luggage, although they’re still allowed in carry-on. Most other airlines like Singapore Airlines (SIA), Thai Airways, and all flights within Vietnam and India are enforcing a strict ban on the affected laptops until the battery can be verified. Many speculate that the ban will be in effect on more airlines in the coming weeks.
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Jun 21, 2019 Original Story: Apple has just announced on its support page that the company is recalling a series of MacBook Pro models due to battery overheating issues. The model in question is the 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017. Apple has issued a statement saying that in those particular models, “the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk,” and as “Customer safety is always Apple’s top priority,” the tech giant has pledged to replace all affected batteries free of charge, as long as your laptop is eligible for the recall.
To be eligible, Apple has set up a serial number check on its support page. MacBook owners simply have to enter in the machine’s serial number and the system will tell you if it’s eligible for a free battery replacement or not. The company has noted that only a “limited number” of units sold within that timeframe are affected, so not every single laptop sold within that period would be accepted for the recall.
For those who do get the option of having their batteries replaced for free, you’ll have to send your laptop to one of Apple’s official repair centers, where your device will spend an Apple-estimated one to two weeks in the shop. Those affected should also note that the battery replacement won’t extend your current warranty.