APPLE MACBOOK Bans in Checked-Luggage

News from Australia’s airlines this week is that passengers travelling with Apple MacBook laptops must place them in their carry-on luggage. Due to safety concerns, they cannot be packed in checked luggage.

A press release from Apple on 21 June 2019 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.

While the recalled model is specifically for the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch mid-2015 laptop, Virgin Australia’s ban will apply to all Apple MacBooks due to the difficulty in determining different models.

A notice in the dangerous goods section of Virgin Australia’s website states:

“Due to a worldwide recall by Apple of a number of Apple MacBook batteries, ALL Apple MacBooks must be placed in carry-on baggage only.

“No Apple MacBooks are permitted in checked in baggage until further notice.”

We have been advised that Qantas also confirmed a ban on the MacBooks, but its ban only applies to MacBook Pro models, rather than all MacBook devices.

We have not details at this time about how long these bans will be in place.

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Qantas Changing Its Domestic Carry-on Baggage Allowance

Qantas is changing its cabin baggage policy on domestic flights following feedback from frequent flyers who said, according to the airline, they would like to have more choice in how they use the existing 14 kilogram allowance.

From 25 March 2019, Qantas customers will continue to be able to bring 14 kilograms on board, but will be permitted to have one item weigh up to 10 kilograms. Previously the domestic cabin allowance included two bags that could each only weigh up to 7 kilograms.

“Qantas’ domestic baggage allowance is already very generous”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“The new aggregate allowance is a common-sense approach to cabin baggage, but it’s important to remember that carry-on items still need to conform to current size restrictions. So, yes, one item can be a few kilos heavier, but it still needs to fit into the overhead bins”, adds Hosper.

Additionally, passengers will continue to be responsible for lifting their carry-on baggage into overhead compartments.

“As travellers on short business trips or weekends away typically travel with one carry-on bag plus a small personal item, the extra few kilos permitted in one item will, I’m sure, alleviate ‘packing anxiety’, and make the airport and travel experience for the carry-on crowd even smoother”, says Hosper.

The cabin baggage allowance on domestic QantasLink Dash 8 turboprop services will not change and remains at one piece weighing 7 kilograms  for those smaller aircraft.

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