MAS and AirAsia ban certain MacBook Pro notebooks with battery issues

Local airlines are placing restrictions against passengers bringing onboard specific MacBook Pro models on recall for battery issues. — AFP

Two Malaysian airlines have placed restrictions against certain Apple laptops with problematic batteries that are facing a recall, which Apple has said could overheat.

Malaysia Airlines issued a notice that it is restricting the carriage of older generation 15in MacBook Pro models, following Apple’s worldwide recall of the laptop’s batteries. This affects models sold between Sept 2015 and Feb 2017.

Passengers are not allowed to check-in said models, though they are allowed to bring it on flights as cabin baggage until further notice.

Passengers who have had the battery replaced under Apple’s recall programme must present documentation or receipt as proof upon check-in and/or boarding.

According to the AirAsia Travel Notices page, the airline is banning any electronic device with a battery installed that is subject to a product recall.

Citing safety reasons, such devices cannot be brought onboard as cabin or checked baggage, unless they have official documentation to verify the battery has been replaced as part of the recall programme.

Apple Inc on June 20 recalled some MacBook Pro laptops due to how its battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.

“Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries, free of charge,” it said on the Battery Recall Programme page. On the page, users can check if their laptop is eligible by keying in its serial number.

If it is an affected model, users can bring it to an Apple Authorized Service Provider for battery replacement.

The recall notice was the second from the company this year. In April, Apple recalled some wall plug adapters for international use that could pose a risk of electrical shock.

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