DGCA asks passengers not to carry certain MacBook Pro models in flights

DGCA requests passengers not to fly with the affected models of MacBook Pro until the battery has been certified as safe by the manufacturer

New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA on Monday said passengers should not carry models of 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops that Apple deemed a safety risk due to overheating batteries. Apple had on 20 June issued a notice on its website regarding the risk posed by the models of the MacBook Pro laptops.

“Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number,” DGCA added.

The company said it has voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries, free of charge. DGCA chief Arun Kumar tweeted, “Consequent upon the recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops by Apple Inc (sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017) due to fears that their batteries may overheat and pose a safety risk, DGCA requests all air passengers not to fly with the affected models either as hand-baggage or checked-in baggage until the battery has been verified/certified as safe or replaced by the manufacturer.”

Earlier, following Apple’s recall in June of select 15-inch MacBook Pro computers, the US Federal Aviation Administration had banned those laptops from luggage on commercial flights. The restriction covered both carry-on and hold luggage. If some customers of Apple in the US had not returned one of the affected computers to the company for the free battery replacement, they could not travel with one to an American airport.

The issue is with MacBook Pro’s 15-inch model with retina display if sold between September 2015 and February 2017. The batteries in these devices “may overheat and pose a safety risk”, Apple had said. Concerned, the company advised its customers to switch off the devices and keep them switched off until the issue was fixed. The replacement is reportedly inconvenient; it can take up to two weeks.

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