Qantas inflight ban may extend to Mac laptops

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Apple Hardware
    Link: Qantas inflight ban may extend to Mac laptops
    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 maker’s recall of 1.8million batteries today.

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  2. macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2002

    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?


  3. Lau

    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.
  4. macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    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?
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    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....
  6. macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    There are chemical fire extinguishers on board anyway. Plus likelihood of this happening... OTT.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2006
    The Library.
    well, good thing i never fly Qantas! as long as united, anerican, and british airways allow macportables, I'm ok:)
  8. macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    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.
  9. EGT
    macrumors 68000


    Sep 4, 2003
    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.
  10. Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    The best, actually. ;)
  11. macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2002
    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.

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