Qantas and Virgin will now only let you take your MacBook on a flight as carry-on luggage, after Apple’s recall

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  • Qantas and Virgin Australia have restricted Apple MacBook laptops to carry on luggage on all flights.
  • It comes after Apple recalled certain MacBooks because of batteries that could overheat and pose safety risks.
  • Certain varieties of MacBook Pros have also been banned on all flights with Singapore Airlines.

Qantas and Virgin Australia are restricting Apple MacBook laptops to carry on luggage following a recall of products earlier this year.

Virgin has banned MacBooks from being carried through checked baggage and must instead be included in carry-on luggage.

“Due to a worldwide recall by Apple of a number of Apple MacBook batteries, ALL Apple MacBooks must be placed in carry-on baggage only,” Virgin Australia said in a statement on its website.

“No Apple MacBooks are permitted in checked in baggage until further notice.”

In a similar move, a Qantas Group spokesperson told Business Insider Australia in an email, “Until further notice, all 15 inch Apple MacBook pros “must be carried in cabin baggage and switched off for flight, following a recall notice issued by Apple.”

In June 2019, Apple recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017 because of possible overheating risks from the battery. At the time, Apple asked affected customers to stop using the device and go to Apple for a free battery replacement.

Virgin and Qantas’ moves follows a spate of bans on MacBook Pros among airlines.

Singapore Airlines banned certain models of 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops from all of its flights, Business Insider Singapore reported. The airline said 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.

Likewise, Thai Airways banned the 15-inch MacBook Pro models released between 2015 and 2017 on its flights, according to the Bangkok Post.

On August 1, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) reminded airlines to be aware of the recalled Apple products.

“EASA recommends that operators inform crews, passengers and staff about any restrictions and limitations on carrying such devices on board,” the organisation said in a statement.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration also said it alerted airlines about the Macbook recall, according to Reuters.

Because it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Business Insider Australia has contacted Qantas and Virgin Australia for a comment.