Apple MacBook’s banned from Virgin Australia’s checked-in luggage

Aussie travellers have been banned from taking Apple MacBooks in their checked-in luggage on Virgin Australia flights over battery fire fears.

The carrier is one of the first airlines in the country to issue the ban on the popular computers.

Virgin Australia issued the warning on their website, revealing the laptops can still be taken in carry-on baggage.


“Important information for passengers travelling with Apple MacBooks,” the post reads.

“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.”

The airline’s dangerous goods list states that “dangerous goods/hazardous materials are items or substances that may endanger the safety of the aircraft or guests on board.”

It comes just months after Apple recalled thousands of MacBook Pro laptops over fire safety risks.

“Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk,” the company said in a statement in June.

“Customer safety is always Apple’s top priority and we have voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries, free of charge.”