DGCA bans certain models of Apple MacBook Pro on flights
Crowned to be the King of brands, ‘Apple’ never failed to ooze lifestyle, innovation, passion and style. But the recent chaos due the concerns over lithium-ion battery with 15-inch MacBook Pro machines released between September 2015 and February 2017 has hurt the loyalty of millions of customers around the globe. The heat has finally hit the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Followed by the decision taken by the US regulatory body FAA, the regulatory body on Monday said that these laptops have been deemed fire hazard because their batteries can overheat. Issued by DGCA chief Arun Kumar, the statement read that this will be valid for flyers within India as well as for those boarding international flights from the country.
On the other hand, the issue remains clouded and a lack of solid communication from Apple of which laptop is safe when travelling and which is not. However, Apple on its website has provided a tool where a MacBook Pro user can find if their laptop has been affected or not. If it is part of the laptops, the company will replace its battery 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.”