Singapore Airlines bans old Apple MacBooks over fire risks

A couple of weeks back we reported that the old MacBooks might get banned on flights around the world. This comes just months after Apple recalled old MacBooks due to an issue with the batteries that resulted in a fire.

Now Singapore Airlines released a statement yesterday confirming the ban of older Apple MacBooks on all their flights. The airline carrier said that the company will only allow passengers to carry laptops with them if they have got a verification proving that the worrisome batteries in question have been replaced.

Apple has recently announced a recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro models. Affected models were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.

Customers are to refrain from bringing the affected models either as hand-carry or in checked baggage until the battery has been verified as safe or replaced by the manufacturer.

– Singapore Airlines

Apple users are advised to visit the MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program to check if they qualify for free battery replacement. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Apple had received “26 reports of the laptop’s battery overheating, including five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation.” There were also 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property, the consumer product safety commission added.

This comes over a month after the FAA issued an advisory notifying users to replace the batteries as soon as possible and not carry faulty batteries on airlines in the US.

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