Flight ban on old Macs

BANGKOK, 23 August 2019: Thai Airways International is warning passengers to leave their old generation Macbook Pro laptops at home.

THAI is banning the older generation of the 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops supplied by Apple Inc between September 2015 and February 2017 from all of its flights.

They are prone to overheating and may cause a fire prompting the manufacturer to recall them as part of a battery replacement programme.

 According to European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations, the older generation Mac laptop is banned due to a battery recall programme initiated by the manufacturer.

 The ban applies to both to carry-on and checked baggage.

THAI vice president, aviation safety, security and standards, Pratana Patanasiri, said EASA issued a Safety Information Bulletin that orders aircraft operators from EASA member states and foreign operators flying to, within or out of Europe to implement the safety precaution.

Regardless of the route, THAI safety policy strictly prohibits passengers from bringing older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops on to THAI aircraft in carry-on bags or checked baggage. 

Passengers can check the product serial numbers for affected MacBook Pro laptops at


Apple’s statement reads “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.

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

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