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Etihad changes rules on check-in baggage


DUBAI – Etihad Airways has banned Apple Macbook Pro laptops in passengers’ check-in baggage following Apple’s safety-related recall.

The ban affects 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold from September 2015 to February 2017. In June, Apple announced a recall, saying the “battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.”

On Thursday (August 29), an Etihad spokesperson told the media that passengers may be allowed to carry the MacBook Pro laptops in cabin baggage and should keep it switched off.

“Guests may still carry MacBook Pro laptops on flights, but only in cabin baggage. The laptops subject to the manufacturer’s recall must remain switched off throughout the flight. Charging of the devices will not be permitted in flight,” according to Etihad.

This follows similar moves from Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia. Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways have imposed a total ban on the affected models.

Emirates, however, said there is currently no ban on Apple MacBook Pro laptops on any of its flights. GAD/Expat Media


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