Korean Air Bans Apple, Dell Computers on Board

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:28 pm

Korean Air has forbidden the use of Dell and Apple laptop PCs during flight due to the risk of battery explosion.

The Korean national flag carrier said yesterday that the ban was put in place from Aug. 30, after the two U.S. computer manufacturers announced the recall of batteries used in some of their laptop models. The batteries, manufactured by Sony, were reported to have caught fire while in use on several occasions.

“Due to the risk of onboard fire, we are not allowing passengers to use certain brands of laptops on the plane. Safety always comes first for us,’’ a Korean Air spokesperson said, adding they were unsure when the ban would be lifted.

The airline prohibited all models of Dell laptops and Apple’s Powerbook and iBook series, while users can still carry them if they separate the batteries into checked baggage.

Source: The Korea Times


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