In a major embarrassment for Apple, some model of Macbook Pro has been banned across aircraft, which are flying in India.
Days after the US regulatory body FAA banned some MacBook Pro laptops from flights due to the risk of a battery fire, India’s DGCA has said that flyers should not carry these laptops in check-in or carry-on baggage.
Banned models include 15-inch MacBook Pros from 2015 sold between September 2015 and February 2017.
The issue started when Apple issued a recall on its website in June this year.
According to Apple:
In a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.
The recall does not affect any other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks
This order to ban Apple Macbook Pro on airplanes has been issued by The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), via a Tweet. This covers both domestic and international flights.
— DGCA (@DGCAIndia) 26 August 2019
Apple has provided a tool on its website where a MacBook Pro user can find if their laptop has been affected or not. The company will replace batteries of affected Macbooks for free. Apple notes on its website:
Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider to have your battery replaced. Your MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program. Service may take 1-2 weeks.
India is among the last countries to announce the Macbook Pro ban on airplanes. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the American Federal Aviation Administration have already banned these specific models from flying in the airlines. Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways already have also issued directives for the same.