EasyJet Issues New Rule Limiting Use of Certain Macbooks on Flights
By Danielle Dorsey
EasyJet passengers may not be able to use their Macbooks during flights, according to a new rule issued by the airline. It comes in response to a report from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which advised airlines to sanction the use of certain Macbook models that were subject to recall between 2015 and 2017.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a similar ban in August, preventing passengers from bringing certain Macbook pro models on board flights, whether as cargo or in a carry-on. Apple said the battery in the affected laptops can overheat, potentially swelling or igniting.
In a statement on their website, EasyJet clarifies the change, explaining, “In light of EASA guidance in relation to a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units supplied by Apple Inc. between September 2015 and February 2017 which were subject to a recall, customers are advised that they are not permitted to switch on or charge these units during flight unless the battery has been replaced.”
EasyJet isn’t the only airline that’s instituting new rules in response to EASA’s report and the FAA’s new ban. Business Insider put together a comprehensive list of airlines that have banned the device so you can check if you’ll be affected. You can also check whether your laptop was affected by visiting Apple’s recall page and enter the serial number of your Macbook.