updated 11:45 am EDT, Fri August 25, 2006
Qantas, Apple laptops
Qantas Airways is considering placing restrictions on the use of Mac laptops in its aircraft following Apple's recall of 1.8 million lithium-ion batteries. The airline is speaking with Apple, requesting further information on the actual risks that recalled batteries pose and whether those risks are similar to Dell's recently recalled notebook batteries. "We have put limitations on Dell computers and at this stage we are awaiting further information from Apple," said a Quantas spokesman. Owners of Dell notebooks can currently use their laptops in Qantas aircraft on battery power only, or with the battery removed and the unit plugged into the power outlet in first or business class, according to apc. Apple announced its own recall yesterday following Dell's recall of 4.1 million portable batteries. The faulty cells were manufactured by Sony, which pose a risk of overheating and, one at least two separate occasions, actually burst into flame.