Apple had recently announced that some of their older MacBook Pro models had a risk of battery exploding due to overheating of the device and offered to replace the battery for free. Because of these concerns, the Indian aviation department is planning to ban these MacBook Pro models from domestic flights in the country.
The DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) in India is currently examining this issue and will take action if they feel the need for it. Speaking of MacBook Pro, Apple said that the units that were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 are affected by this issue and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number.
One of the most prominent airlines, Singapore Airlines, told customers today in a statement that they should refrain from bringing the affected models either as hand-carry or in checked baggage until the battery has been verified as safe or replaced by the manufacturer. Similarly, Thai Airways also put out a statement for the same reasons.
It seems that all the leading Airlines are aware of the risks associated with the faulty MacBook Pro models, where the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency had banned these MacBook Pro models immediately after Apple’s announcement.
If you are an owner of any of these 15-inch MacBook Pro models, then you will have to be aware about carrying the laptop to any of the domestic airports in India. The announcement has still not been made but it could be on its way very soon.