MBP on commercial airline

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jazojas12, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Jazojas12 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    I was looking on Apple's site and for the new MBP it says:
    # Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
    # Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
    # Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

    My question is does this matter on a commercial airline since it would be in a pressurized cabin? I will be purchasing one within the next 3 days and I'm flying to Japan soon. I just want to make sure I can use it on the plane with no problems. Thanks in advance.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    It works fine in an airliner. I've used mine in the past without issues.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    It will be just fine. I'd say thousands of people fly each day with a laptop and all is fine.
  4. Jazojas12 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
  5. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    There are populated places on Earth at that height or above, and that's the only reason why that restriction is on there. It will work fine in an airplane.
  6. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    I would be more concerned about the person in front of you reclining. It is possible to destroy the LCD if it gets caught in the seat. Just a word of caution. Hopefully you are flying Business or Premium Economy. The Economy seats don't have much tray space.
  7. cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
    Airliners are typically pressurized upto an 8,000 ft. level.
  8. Jazojas12 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    K I will keep that in mind to watch out for recliners. That and to remember to take both pieces of the airline power adapter.
  9. apersianboyCOM macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2008
    London, UK
    I did wonder that too... why does Apple write about it then if it works fine? could it damage anything in anyway?!
  10. mgamber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    1 atmosphere at 35,000 feet is the same as 1 atmosphere at sea level. If you're flying at 40,000 and your cabin depressurizes, your laptop might be damaged. The upside is that you'd suffocate or freeze to death within a minute and probably not notice.
  11. Feng Shui, Jun 11, 2009
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    Feng Shui macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2008
    It doesn't matter how high an airplane is flying because the cabin is pressurized. Those numbers are only for potentially concerned people living in high altitude areas like Tibet, or for mountain climbers who want to bring along their Macs.
  12. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Ever watch Everest: Beyond the Limit on Discovery? They use Toshiba laptops at Advanced Base Camp which is over 21,000 feet. Do they do anything special to these laptops? People's lives depend on them.
  13. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Maybe because there are places where people live and travel above said altitudes?
  14. apersianboyCOM macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2008
    London, UK
    Cool, thanks.
  15. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009

    how delightfully macabre!
  16. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    I beleive they have solid state drives, a regular hard drive wouldn't work at that altitude.
  17. CP123 macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
    What size are you planning to get? I have a blackbook and 15" MBP, my wife has the 13" MBP. When I take my blackbook on a flight, I have no problem, even when the person in front reclines. My wife has no problem either. However, the 15" is a pain. And forget about it, when the person reclines in front of you.

    Anybody else have this problem?
  18. 6-0 Prolene, Mar 18, 2010
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    6-0 Prolene macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2010
    Pressurized cabins are the equivalent of 8500ft MSL, so you'll be fine. No emailing from the summit of Everest though.

    It does make me curious what parts would be susceptible to high altitudes...
  19. zipa macrumors 65816

    Feb 19, 2010
    The HDD, most likely. Can't really think of anything else.
  20. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Apple have to say that their stuff won't work above 10,000 feet because...:

    Someone who lives up in the mountains 10,000+ feet might go and buy a Mac...

    ...it might fail because of the height...

    ...they might sue Apple because they didn't warn them...

    ...which starts a whole... "thing" about it:rolleyes:
  21. nigameash macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2008
    Space: The Final Frontier
  22. Eltorero macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2010
    When flying at cruise altitude, the cabin is pressurized at the same pressure you would have at like 5000-6000 feet.

    The "maximum operating altitude" of most humans is lower than that of a MBP so don't worry xD
  23. BeamWalker macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2009
    Those Laptops need to have Ultralow Voltage components and still have a proper cooling system. There is just not enough air around to cool it properly. A macbook would go up in flames in a matter of minutes (well it would shut down before, but you get my drift).

    If you use it outside on the other hand the temperature would be too low for a laptop to operate.

    Another thing that doesn't like altitude too much are tft displays.
  24. maflynn, Mar 19, 2010
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2013

    maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    As long as you're not sitting out on the wing while using the laptop, you'll be fine :D
  25. Quetsche macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2010
    Um no; if you climb the everest, or at least pretty high, you won't die because of the lack of pressure (though you might find it difficult to breathe).
    Your hard drive however will die : The hard drive head requires an "air cushion" to hover above the disk, if the air pressure gets too low, the head will go down and scratch against the disk, damaging it.
    A computer with a SSD instead of a HD shouldn't have any problems.

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