Emirates Airlines has joined the list of passenger airlines banning guests from checking-in the 15-inch MacBook Pro models. This comes after Oman Air and Etihad Airways had taken the same decision concerning the product.
Airlines started banning the MacBook Pro after Apple announced a recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro models because batteries had a chance of overheating and could pose a fire safety risk. Officials said that the affected models were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.
While Oman Air did add that guests can carry the laptop in their cabin-bag provided that it remains switched off and will not be charged throughout the flight, Emirates will not do so unless the battery has been changed.
“As a safety precaution, travellers will not be permitted to carry these MacBook Pro models as checked or carry-on baggage on Emirates flights unless the battery has been replaced,” Emirates said in a statement on their website.