CAAV ban MacBook Pro from flights

August 22, 2019 | 14:12
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Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has just issued a ban on all kinds of the US-based Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro manufactured between September 2015 and February 2019 due to fire hazard.
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The 15-inch MacBook Pro products are now not allowed on flights in Vietnam

CAAV’s representative said that based on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) withdrawal document No.19-152 on the 15-inch MacBook Pro products and the Federal Aviation Administration’s notification, the authority set a notice about forbidding customers from taking the products onto planes due to the fire hazard they represent, due to the faulty batteries these MacBook Pros are kitted out with.

Passengers intentionally violating the direction will be not permitted on flights and be fined in accordance with regulations.

In the middle of June 2019, Apple issued a press release about the fire hazard of the batteries of a sizable number of 15-inch MacBook Pro products already in circulation. To date, Apple is still withdrawing and exchanging the batteries (free of charge) for customers.

According to CPSC, about 432,000 MacBook Pro products with faulty batteries are in circulation in Canada alone. To date, Apple has recorded 26 cases of overheating batteries, including five cases of slight burns, one case of inhaling poisonous gas, and 17 cases of losses to individual assets.

Since late 2016, Apple has improved the design of all MacBook Pro products, making them thinner and slighter, but more effective than the previous lines of MacBook Pro. Putting high-capacity batteries into small and thin products may trap their heat inside the laptops. This may be the reason behind the fire hazard.

By Van Anh

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