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Qantas may restrict Apple notebooks

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.




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  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    check the battery sn

    They should just check the battery SN

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: check the battery sn

    The problem is that that requires removing the battery and since modern Mac notebooks don't have a pmu batter to keep the unit powered while asleep if the battery is removed for a short period, it involves shutting down the machine then restarting after the inspection. That is quite an inconvenience and time waster. And I can't imagine Qantas issuing a list of serial numbers for Dell or Apple batteries to every flight attendant. They'll just ban anything with an Apple logo.

    Mind you it would only affect business and first class passengers who which to connect to the aircraft's power system. Cattle class passengers don't have power outlets on Qantas aircraft so it's not a factor for most of Qantas' customers. Mind you, I'd rather fly cattle class on Qantas than sardine class on most other airlines even if they do have power outlets.

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    w/e

    who flies Quantas anyway?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    w/e

    No one flies Qantas (not Quantas). They only stay in business because Australia's gov't keeps feeding them money to fly completely empty planes all over the country, as well as the world. In fact, they are so empty, there aren't even any pilots on the plane.

    But, as we all know, it could be worse. People could be flying any of the American airlines and all their annoying "me-first, me and my huge carry-on bags are more important then any of your c***, so get out of my way" travelers.

  1. bobthenob

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Qantas

    "Qantas, Ray?" "Yeah. Qantas never crashed."

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ban all carry on

    The airlines should just ban all carry on luggage and improve their luggage handling. With all the security nowadays, you can't be in a hurry when you fly so just get your butt down to luggage claim to get your suitbag...

  1. john_ela

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    matches

    How idiotic. Perhaps they (and most other carriers) should consider changing their policy on allowing customers to carry matches. That sounds a lot more like a security risk than a mac laptop with a bad battery.

    http://www.qantas.com.au/info/flying/beforeYouTravel/dangerousGoods

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