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Singapore Airlines bans some models of 15-inch MacBook Pro from flights

By Marcus Wong - on 26 Aug 2019, 11:56am

Singapore Airlines bans some models of 15-inch MacBook Pro from flights

(Image source: Apple)

We first wrote about how Apple announced a voluntary recall of select MacBook Pro laptops here, and that was followed up by news of how those models have been banned from U.S flights. And now, local carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has followed suit, banning those models of 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops from all of its flights.

This follows directives from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the United States Federal Aviation Administration that alerted airlines of the recall and banned the laptop models from flights.

In an announcement on its website on Sunday (Aug 25), SIA said that customers are to refrain from bringing the affected models as carry-on items or in checked baggage until the battery has been verified as safe or replaced by the manufacturer.

The airline advised passengers to visit Apple's page on its MacBook Pro battery recall programme to get more information on whether their laptops are affected as well as battery replacement options.

The affected units were mainly sold between September 2015 and February 2017, and they can be identified by their product serial numbers.

(Image source: Apple)

To confirm if a MacBook Pro is affected by the recall, choose “About This Mac” from the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of the laptop’s screen.

If it is “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)”, enter the computer’s serial number on the programme page to see if it is eligible for a battery replacement. Apple says this replacement will be free of charge.

Find out more on the battery replacement program here.

The recall does not affect any other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac laptops.

Besides SIA, airlines that have banned the affected laptops from their flights include Thai Airways. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has also banned the affected models from all flights.

Source: The Straits Times