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Emirates bans MacBook Pro (carry-on & checked)

Old Sep 8, 19, 9:11 am
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Emirates bans MacBook Pro (carry-on & checked)

Emirates bans MacBook Pro (checked and carry-on baggage)

"Joining a number of international airlines, Dubai-based Emirates has also banned the carrying of a certain model of MacBook Pro computers in both checked and carry-on luggage, the Dubai-based airline posted on its website on Sunday.

"Apple recently announced a recall of 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold between September 2015 and February 2017, citing defective batteries that could overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Therefore, as a safety precaution, travellers will not be permitted to carry these MacBook Pro models as checked or carry-on baggage on Emirates flights unless the battery has been replaced," Emirates said.

An Emirates spokesperson confirmed to Khaleej Times that passengers are barred from carrying the device both as check-in baggage and carry-on luggage.

The airline also advised passengers to check if their device is affected."

Edit: Here's the apple link to check your serial number
https://support.apple.com/15-inch-ma...battery-recall

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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:02 am
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I wonder how easy this will be to implement in practice as I doubt that security staff are going to find it easy to identify whether a 15inch MacBook Pro is in the at risk group.
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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:07 am
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The Indian government has also banned these for at least the past two weeks based on notices I've been receiving on domestic flights including one today. I also saw a notice at the check-in desks.

I keep telling people not to buy this company's overpriced trash...
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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by pomkiwi View Post
I wonder how easy this will be to implement in practice as I doubt that security staff are going to find it easy to identify whether a 15inch MacBook Pro is in the at risk group.
Theres likely specific serial numbers with an identifiable pattern. But ultimately it's like power banks in checked bags and relies on some level of pax self- regulating
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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by Global Adventurer View Post
I have added a quote from the link in the OP (as is required by FT rules).

Joining a number of international airlines, Dubai-based Emirates has also banned the carrying of a certain model of MacBook Pro computers in both checked and carry-on luggage, the Dubai-based airline posted on its website on Sunday.

"Apple recently announced a recall of 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold between September 2015 and February 2017, citing defective batteries that could overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Therefore, as a safety precaution, travellers will not be permitted to carry these MacBook Pro models as checked or carry-on baggage on Emirates flights unless the battery has been replaced," Emirates said.

An Emirates spokesperson confirmed to Khaleej Times that passengers are barred from carrying the device both as check-in baggage and carry-on luggage.

The airline also advised passengers to check if their device is affected.
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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by Saltire74 View Post


I have added a quote from the link in the OP (as is required by FT rules).

Thank you. I was unaware that it required a quote. I'll certainly start adding the quoted information on my next posting.
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Old Sep 8, 19, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by skywardhunter View Post
Theres likely specific serial numbers with an identifiable pattern. But ultimately it's like power banks in checked bags and relies on some level of pax self- regulating
I remember checking in somewhere in Asia a few years ago where you had to wait for your name and bag tag number to come up as "ok" or "come to security" on a TV screen after checking in. Haven't seen anything similar since then. So I guess there may be some level of checked bag screening happening behind the scenes.
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Old Sep 8, 19, 3:28 pm
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All checked baggage gets screened does it not?
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Old Sep 8, 19, 3:55 pm
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA View Post
All checked baggage gets screened does it not?
It does
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Thanks Global Adventurer for your post. It is really appreciated!
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Old Sep 8, 19, 6:31 pm
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The amazing thing is nobody seems to know how to read the original issue.

The problematic macbook is specifically the 15Ē 2015 MacBook Pro. The problem is the wording that the specific model was made and for sale until 2017. The MacBook Pro with touch bar was the 2016 model but they sold the 2015 without one for two years just in case. All these airlines are reading it as if itís all model of macbooks from 2015-2017.
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Old Sep 8, 19, 6:36 pm
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I think that it is less a reading and more coming up with a rule that is more realistic to be able to implement
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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:38 pm
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The recalled laptops are identified under "About This Mac" as only these and only some of these: MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015). That's how they identify them and the sale period just confounds the problem. The serial can be checked here: https://support.apple.com/15-inch-ma...battery-recall
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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:41 pm
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Hmmmn well, this is a bit of a pickle for me as Iím currently travelling with my 15 inch MacBook Pro (or bit of overpriced trash, if you prefer) and will still have one EK flight back home to DXB before the trip is done. When the recall was first announced I checked my serial number, and mine is not in the batch affected by the recall.

The language from ek isnít 100% clear as I think it could be interpreted to mean that only the affected models (IDíd by serial number) are truly banned. So I think I have two options, the first being to show a screencap with my serial number that makes clear that mine is not an affected model, the second being to say Ďthe battery has been replacedí if asked.

Thoughts?
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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:55 pm
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Originally Posted by petit_manchot View Post
Hmmmn well, this is a bit of a pickle for me as Iím currently travelling with my 15 inch MacBook Pro (or bit of overpriced trash, if you prefer) and will still have one EK flight back home to DXB before the trip is done. When the recall was first announced I checked my serial number, and mine is not in the batch affected by the recall.

The language from ek isnít 100% clear as I think it could be interpreted to mean that only the affected models (IDíd by serial number) are truly banned. So I think I have two options, the first being to show a screencap with my serial number that makes clear that mine is not an affected model, the second being to say Ďthe battery has been replacedí if asked.

Thoughts?
Or third option, just don't say anything. It challenged say it isn't an affected model, but I'm on an EK Flight right now and aside a mention at check-in Jones had a look at which laptop I have (it's a ThinkPad and black so quite obviously not a MacBook but no one's even seen it other than transit security at DXB)
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