The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has issued a ban on 15-ich MacBook Pro model sold between September 2015 and February 2017 on board of commercial flights under any circumstances.
The move was in line with a similar ban of the US Federal Aviation (FAA) on those laptops, following Apple’s June recall of this model for free battery replacement to prevent the risk that these batteries may overheat and pose safety threats.
Under the CAAV’s instruction, passengers and flight attendants would not be allowed to bring these types of MacBook Pros on board, with the restriction covering both carry-on and checked luggage.
Passengers that deliberately violate the instruction could be subject to penalty and denied permission to board a plane.
The CAAV requested all airlines to update the new regulation to all ticket offices and establish safety protocol checking on passengers accordingly, as well as the way to deal with these laptops detected on the plane to prevent the loss of assets for passengers.
According to the CAAV, if flight attendants find out passengers carrying the MacBook Pro subject to Apple’s recall, they should be advised to switch off the devices, not to charge the battery and follow the safety measures in place.