From the Shanghai Daily, we learn that three airlines that fly in and out of Shanghai have banned the use of batteries on certain Dell and Apple laptops for fear that they might spontaneously combust. The three airlines are Korean Air, Qantas Airways and Virgin Atlantic. We’ve organized the information presented in the story below.
- The Ban: “… all Dell laptops and Apple’s iBook and Powerbook models must have their batteries disconnected before owners board planes … passengers must hand in their batteries at check-in, and retrieve them from staff at their destination …”
- External Power Source: None on flights between China and South Korea
- Website: koreanair.com
- The Ban: “… allows Apple laptop batteries to be used on flights but asks Dell owners to disconnect theirs and stow them with their luggage …”
- External Power Source: Available in first and business class only
- Website: qantas.com.au
- The Ban: “… passengers must disconnect all Dell and Apple laptop batteries and stow them in their luggage …”
- External Power Source: First class, “parts” of business class and “only several” economy class passengers have access.
- Website: virgin-atlantic.com