Recently two Australian airlines have decided to completely ban all 15-inch Macbook Pros from being checked into the flights cargo. Virgin Australia have added the Macbook Pros to their Dangerous Goods list which lays out all items that are prohibited from being brought on board an aircraft. Virgin Australia have issued a couple of statements regarding the recent ban. "Due to a worldwide recall by Apple of a number of Apple Macbook batteries, all Apple Macbooks must be placed in carry-on baggage only" and "No Apple MacBooks are permitted in checked in baggage until further notice."
Additionally Qantas Airways have banned all 15-inch MacBook Pros from being checked into the cargo baggage, "until further notice, all 15-inch MacBook Pros must be carried in cabin baggage and switched off for flight following a recall notice issued by Apple."
These recent bans follow a world wide recall issued by Apple in June stating that the 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and Febuary 2017 possess a compromised battery that can fail and in some cases even explode. Additional information about the exploding batteries can be found on our blog here.
The US Federal Aviation Administration has also warned all US airlines of the MacBook Pro recall. The FAA has clearly stated that it is illegal to transport any device that posses a health and safety risk that is subject to a safety recall.