There are many prohibited items that most of us know not to bring aboard planes, like fireworks, sparklers, lighters – well, the list goes on.
And it’s constantly updated.
In fact, when Samsung Note 7 has this pesky problem of catching on fire, different airlines banned it from their flights.
That’s also when Apple folks were like, see? Android.
But MacBook Pros?
Singapore Airlines Bans Selected MacBook Pro Models From Flights
And before you throw your pitchforks at me, only selected MacBook Pro models are affected.
MacBook Pros That Were Recalled For Overheating Batteries Affected
The reason? Well, remember how Apple recalled some 2015 MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina laptops due to worries that the battery might overheat?
In case you didn’t get the memo then, these affected units were sold between September 2015 and February 2017.
And no, you don’t have to throw out the entire laptop:
All you have to do is check the serial number, and Apple will provide a battery replacement for free.
Just go to this website and key in your serial number, and if the answer comes out positive…. don’t bring it on board SIA flights, until you’ve replaced the batteries.
Affected MacBooks That’ve Been Verified Safe Can Be Brought On Board
Don’t worry, once you’ve replaced the batteries for the affected models, you can continue to bring it on board. Owners of unaffected MacBook models can continue bringing their laptops aboard.
According to The Straits Times, this follows orders from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the United States Federal Aviation Administration to airlines of the ban of these laptop models from flights.
Yes, this includes both carry-on bags and checked baggage, okay, so please don’t try to sneak it in via your luggage, lest we have another exploding electronic device (*cough, Samsung”) issue on our hands.
Moral of the story? Just switch to Windows lah.
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