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Vietnam lifts flight ban on recalled MacBook Pro laptops

Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 11:35 GMT+7
Vietnam lifts flight ban on recalled MacBook Pro laptops
A 15-inch Macbook Pro laptop is seen in this photo illustration. Photo: Apple Inc.

A blanket ban on MacBook Pro laptops with a known battery defect on flights to and from Vietnam will be lifted from November 15, as the devices will be permitted in carry-on baggage if they remain switched off during the flight duration or have had their battery replaced.

In August, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) announced a ban on select MacBook Pro laptops on flights after Apple Inc. had said in June that the battery on some units may overheat and pose a fire risk.

The Apple laptops in question are some 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

The recalled devices are not allowed on flights either as cargo or in carry-on baggage under the current ban in Vietnam.

However, the total ban will be lifted from November 15, when a new CAAV directive on transporting lithium batteries on planes is poised to take effect.

Pursuant to the directive, the recalled MacBook Pro laptops will be permitted in carry-on baggage if they remain switched off and not used during the entire flight duration, or have had their battery replaced.

Previously, passengers found bringing the prohibited laptops on board despite the ban faced being denied service and handled in accordance with Vietnamese laws.

Apple Inc. said in a June statement it would replace affected batteries free of charge.

About 432,000 MacBook Pros sold in the U.S. and roughly 26,000 units in Canada were included in the recall, according to Bloomberg.

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