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MacBytes
Aug 25, 2006, 07:42 AM
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Link: Qantas inflight ban may extend to Mac laptops (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060825084250)
Description:: International airline Qantas is seeking advice on whether it should place restrictions on the use of Apple Mac notebooks on its aircraft, following the computer makerís recall of 1.8million batteries today.

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prechrchet
Aug 25, 2006, 08:27 AM
Reading the article, it appears that the possible ban would be on iBooks and on powerbooks, but not macbooks or macbook pros. Am I right in reading that?

Also, I have a macbook that I intend to take with me to China (from the US) in a few weeks. Does anyone know if there will be a problem taking it on as carryon?

Thanks

prechrchet

Lau
Aug 25, 2006, 08:32 AM
Reading the article, it appears that the possible ban would be on iBooks and on powerbooks, but not macbooks or macbook pros. Am I right in reading that?

I suspect that if they do ban them they'll ban them all. As the article says, PowerBooks and MacBook Pros look identical to the untrained eye, and iBooks and MacBooks also look similar. I don't think security guards will have time (or the inclination) to start memorising Apple laptop types. Unfortunately, it'll just be much easier to ban them all.

Applespider
Aug 25, 2006, 08:41 AM
I thought Qantas had gone OTT when they banned Dells.

Are batteries, not being charged, really likely to overheat? I thought the 'danger' such as it is - 9 out of 1.8 million - was when they were being charged?

mmmcheese
Aug 25, 2006, 09:04 AM
If this article is anything like the poorly write one about the Dell "ban," it's not a ban of the notebooks, just charging them in flight.

The one about the Dell said "ban" in the headline, but in the article it said what they are really intending. Yay for sensationalism....

SpaceMagic
Aug 25, 2006, 09:24 AM
There are chemical fire extinguishers on board anyway. Plus likelihood of this happening... OTT.

wmmk
Aug 25, 2006, 10:06 AM
well, good thing i never fly Qantas! as long as united, anerican, and british airways allow macportables, I'm ok:)

winmacguy
Aug 25, 2006, 05:58 PM
I don't think security guards will have time (or the inclination) to start memorising Apple laptop types. Unfortunately, it'll just be much easier to ban them all.
Agreed. Considering that even your average laptop user would not know the difference, I doubt very much that an airline steward or stewardess would know the difference.

EGT
Aug 25, 2006, 08:22 PM
As great as it is using a laptop onboard, I certainly wouldn't want to see one burst into flames while the aircraft is in-flight, not to mention Mrs nervous flyer two rows in front.

These batteries are a real problem and until rectified, I think it'd be better to ban them. As Lau says, security staff probably won't be asking you, "is that a Macbook Pro or a Powerbook?" :p It'll probably be a widespread laptop ban.

Nice to see Qantas looking after their passengers though. They don't have one of the best safety records for nothing.

iGary
Aug 25, 2006, 08:25 PM
They don't have one of the best safety records for nothing.

The best, actually. ;)

prechrchet
Aug 25, 2006, 09:10 PM
As great as it is using a laptop onboard, I certainly wouldn't want to see one burst into flames while the aircraft is in-flight, not to mention Mrs nervous flyer two rows in front.


The fear that I have is this: next month, I will be traveling to China for two weeks. We have a web business that we really need to be able to keep up with for the length of our stay. Not having a laptop would be a real hassle, to say the least.