Malaysia Airlines: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops not permitted as checked baggage

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): Malaysia Airlines Bhd passengers are not permitted to carry Apple Inc's 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops as checked baggage following Apple's worldwide recall of the laptop model's batteries sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement on its website that the 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops must be carried as cabin baggage until further notice.

"Passengers who have performed the battery replacement under Apple's recall programme must present documentation/receipt related to the battery replacement upon check-in and/or boarding," the airline said.

Apple said in a statement on its website that the company 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.

"Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number," Apple said.