Apple & Dell laptops banned from flights!

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  1. AndyR macrumors 6502a

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    Seems Quantas and no Virgin Atlantic are banning all Apple and Dell laptops from use in flight because of this battery issue.

    Thats quite annoying as considering is only a small percentage of laptops that are affected everyone suffers. Dam, I'm going to LA in a few weeks so won't be able to use my Macbook on the way :(

    Seems another knew jerk reaction to me....
     
  2. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Thats crap..nd Apple and Dell recall millions of batterys to fix the problem..also MacBooks and MacBook Pros are not effected(i'm sure some Dells are not effect either) thats total crap!

    Also do you have a link? So one can read about it
     
  3. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    I'd rather be safe knowing some idiot couldn't have brought a defective battery on the plane I'm on... Arrive alive, as we say in Florida!
     
  4. Oryan macrumors 6502a

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    Aww, come on. Where's your sense of adventure? :p
     
  5. Oryan macrumors 6502a

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    Found an article from two days ago:

     
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    This is total crap. My 14" iBook was totally unaffected and I have to suffer for their stupidity? What else am I supposted to do on a several hour flight to the east coast?
     
  7. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    I think I'd be arrested if I brought a PowerBook G5 on a plane.
     
  8. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    How'd you get one!?!?!
     
  9. zap2 macrumors 604

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    I think they need to check to make sure its not a bad battery


    Simple-Show the laptop--is it a iBook 12'' or PB 12'' or 15''.. if it is have them check the serial numbers of the battery. For the 17'' PowerBook, MacBook and MBP, its not hard to check if its one if them.

    17''PB- It has a 17'' screen
    17''MBP-17'' screen and the IR port also says MacBook Pro on it
    15'' MBP IR port, and say MacBook Pro on it
    MacBook-13'' Magsafe port, keyboard change, and Says MacBook on it

    Just make a checklist of how to tell if its on the the effected laptops, and then check those battery's

    That not hard
     
  10. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    I guess this was just a matter of time,cant have exploding laptops on planes.
     
  11. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    People in Floriduh say a lot of stupid things, especially considering the way they drive. You watch the news. You know how many people are injured on Floriduh's roads.

    I don't fly usually so I'm not affected but I wonder if this ban will dissipate in the near future. Of course, this could end up, along with the terrorism bits, to push all electronic devices into the luggage hold.
     
  12. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Bans like this are a wonderful way to send an airline towards bankruptcy. How many business travelers would fly an airline that doesn't allow them to take their laptop on board? About none. I know I would never fly if I couldn't take my laptop on board with me because I do not trust it in checked baggage at all and barely trust the mail system with it either.
     
  13. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    That is stupid.

    All laptop batteries are dangerous, but Dell and Apple are taking action - we should be more worried about the other brands who aren't.
     
  14. savar macrumors 68000

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    What if you promise not to turn it on?? Or remove the battery completely? Are you allowed to check your laptop if they won't let you carry it on? I mean seriously, a lot of people need their laptops.
     
  15. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    My experience has taught me the exact opposite; you have to carry-on all laptops.
     
  16. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    don't you think security takes long enough already?:eek:
     
  17. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    I can't (don't want to) imagine what would happen if this policy spreads to other carriers, particularly with international flights. The Custom Officials (Aduana) in South American ports have not earned much if any trust from travelers. And Miami, of all places, has one of the worst reputations for baggages being opened and Customs people treating themselves to early Christmas presents. We have had poles/or crowbars rammed down through one piece, in the past.
     
  18. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Very good point EricNau. :)


    Guess that you will have to cover up the Apple logo on your MacBook Pro/MacBook and run Windoze XPee via Boot Camp in order to use a Mac on a plane. ;) :D
     
  19. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    So the article quoted above says that only battery powered or with battery removed may be used on plane- does this mean that I can safely use my iBook (one of the recalled battery ones) with the battery as long as I don't work with it plugged in with battery charging?

    So when are these dells and Macs exploding/catching fire? Is it when charging, during use not charging, what?
     
  20. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    When you least expect it........then KABOOM!!! ;) :D
     
  21. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I was going to say the same thing. :D
     
  22. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Sorry to beat you to the punch, but I had to say it! :D
     
  23. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    My legs just uncontrollably crossed!:eek:
     
  24. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Good idea flyfish29. ;) :D
     
  25. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I don't think that's very smart either.


    I think this is a bit of an overreaction, but it's an overreaction caused by a real possibility, and both Dells and Apple's have been using batteries that are admittedly prone to catching fire.

    Or worse.........snakes are released......on a plane. :eek:
     

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