In complaints with the advisory announced by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), now national carrier Air India on Saturday asked its passengers not to carry 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro models (purchased between September 2015 – February 2017) as checked-in or hand luggage.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, on August 26th, stated that the laptop might cause security issues due to fears that their batteries may overheat and pose a safety risk. During that time, the DGCA had indicated that they are investigating on the matter. They also claimed that if needed, will declare an official ban on the device.
Air India issued a public note about the matter. They requested the passenger not to carry the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro models (purchased between September 2015 – February 2017) as checked-in or hand baggage.
#FlyAI : In view of the advisory by DGCA regarding transportation of affected lithium batteries by Air, we request our Passengers not to carry 15-inch Apple Mac Book Pro (purchased between Sep 2015 – Feb 2017) as checked-in or hand baggage. pic.twitter.com/K0hCxlR43h
— Air India (@airindiain) August 31, 2019
On June 20th, Apple had declared a voluntary recall programme over a limited number of Old generation MacBook Pro laptops. These units are said to contain a battery that may overheat and cause fire safety risk,
The Cupertino, California-based company has now even set up a website for their purchasers to verify whether their MacBook Pro unit is affected. Apple had announced at the time these laptops had a flawed battery that may overheat. They added that the company was replacing the battery of the affected units free-of-charge.
Last week, Singapore Airlines and some of the foreign airlines, which also operate from India, declared a ban on the said models. The ban was due to the mentioned models of Apple MacBook Pro reported having battery fire risk.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), had announced a ban on affected MacBook Pro models last month. The US FAA has the power to control all civil aviation subjects in the United States of America.
Well, it is not happy news for the people who own one of the mentioned models. Now what has to be looked in is will DGCA declare an official ban soon? Will Apple Inc. be able to rectify the issue before it goes out of hand? Coming weeks will provide an answer to all these questions.