Following the action taken by some of the International airlines around the world, regional carriers including Emirates, Flydubai and Etihad have also put restrictions on carrying certain models of Apple MacBook Pro.
The restrictions were announced after Apple recalled all models of 15-inch MacBook Pro sold between September 2015 and February 2017 because of the risk of fire if the batteries overheat.
In a statement on its website, Emirates says, “As a safety precaution, travellers will not be permitted to carry these MacBook Pro models as checked-in or carry-on baggage on Emirates flights unless the battery has been replaced. To check if your device is affected, and for more information on battery replacement options, please visit Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall webpage."
Flydubai also announced the ban on these models through a statement on its website, "Following the recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017, we will be unable to accept these devices in hand baggage or checked baggage unless the battery has been replaced.”
Last month, Etihad Airlines also banned carrying the same MacBook Pro models in checked-in luggage. At Etihad, passengers can carry these models in their hand luggage, however they cannot switch them on during the flight.
The three UAE airlines join other carriers in banning carrying this particular model including Oman Air, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Virgin Australia.