DGCA Bans Older 15-inch MacBook Pro Laptops on Flights

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If you are still using one of the older MacBook Pro 15-inch models then you could be in hard luck. Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the regulatory authority of civil aviation in India, has today asked Indian air passengers not to carry some select units of Apple’s MacBook Pro 15-inch laptops. These laptops were recently recalled by Apple due to the battery issues. As per DGCA’s request, you are asked not to keep these laptops in your hand or check-in bags.

Older 15-inch Macbook Pro Banned on Flights

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Earlier, before the requests from DGCA, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has asked the same to the fliers. Recently the EU Aviation Safety Agency also did the same thing. Moreover, a few other airlines like Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways have also banned these laptops from their flights.

In their reports, DGCA has stated that,

Consequent upon the recall of a limited number of older generation 15 inch MacBook Pro laptops by M/s 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.

Apple had announced a voluntary recall of these older MacBook Pros in the month of June. A limited number of MacBook Pros sold in between September 2015 and February 2017 comes with safety risks. If you are a MacBook Pro user then you can check if your laptop is eligible for the recall from this website. As per Apple, these laptops come with flawed batteries and it can overheat. If your laptop is also having one of these flawed batteries then you can get your MacBook Pro batteries replaced for free.

Currently, it is not clear how DGCA plans to check if a passenger is carrying a MacBook with flawed battery.

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