Some models of Apple MacBook Pro to be banned on Indian flights

Have you ever wondered why batteries are not allowed in check-in luggage? The reason is very simple. The fact that if the battery catches fire inside the aircraft, the crew has an electronic fire containment bags, so the fire could be taken care of. However if the fire is in the place where luggage is stored, the access is very difficult so if the battery catches fire there, then it’s extremely difficult to put it off.

Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the regulatory authority of civil aviation in India, has asked the air passengers in the country to stop carrying select units of 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptops, which were recalled by Apple over safety fears, in their hand or checked-in baggage.

The affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017. The order from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) follows a warning each from the U.S. aviation regulatory body, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency earlier this month reinforcing their curbs on recalled lithium ion batteries. While FAA bans their carriage as cargo and check-in and carry-on luggage by passengers, EASA requires such devices to be switched off and not used during flights.
In June, Apple Inc. informed users that a limited number of “older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.” It voluntarily decided to replace the affected batteries free of charge.

Batteries are made up from lithium ion, nowadays. Lithium ion is a very volatile material. However, batteries are safe, if they are produced with precautions that is with set standards, without defects and are not subjected to high stress. If batteries swell up, leak or catch fire the suffrage could range from mild chemical burns to explosive damage. In a confined space like an airplane cabin, the risks gets higher.

If you do own a MacBook pro( 15 inch) and want to know if its affected, go to ‘Know Your Mac’ section in the apple menu on the top left corner of your screen. If it says ‘MacBook Pro(Retina, 15 inch, Mid 2015)’ then you must move to next step. If it says otherwise then you are safe.

If it does say as above, enter your machine’s serial number on Apple’s support page.if Apple suggest that your device is part of the recall, then you must stop using it immediately, take it to an authorised apple store and get the batteries replaced. The replacement will be done free of cost but it doesn’t include paid service for other issues.

If you have a Mac Book Pro then you must be prepared. If your Mac is in the process of recall then you must get the batteries replaced and get a print of the copy provided by the store after replacement. Also if it is not, then you must have a copy of the support page saying your Mac is free from the danger. Precaution, is always better than cure.

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