The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked flyers in India to not carry certain models of Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops on flights in the country. The order, issued by DGCA chief Arun Kumar, pertains to flyers on both domestic and international flights from the country.
The order pertains to 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 “due to fears that their batteries may overheat and pose a safety risk", the regulator said in its notice. Apple itself had recalled these laptops back in June this year, because of issues with their batteries.
“Apple announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number. The recall does not affect any other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks," Apple said at the time it recalled these laptops.
The DGCA’s notice comes after international airlines started banning these Macbook Pros on their flights earlier this month. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the American Federal Aviation Administration had both asked airlines to take measures towards this. Some of the foreign airlines which have already issued this directive are Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways.
It’s worth noting that unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was banned on aircraft back in 2016, the current order pertains to only specific models of the Macbook Pro laptop. Apple’s support website allows you to check whether your Macbook is amongst the affected models.