This is why you can’t pack your laptop in your hand luggage anymore

When boarding a flight, many of us tend to keep our most prized possessions in our hand luggage – including our laptops.

Whether it’s to power through a Netflix series on a long-haul flight or to get some last-minute business handled, it’s always easier to keep your laptop on you than to pack it in your checked baggage. However, that option might be coming to an end very soon.

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Budget airline EasyJet has recently updated its legislation, which now states that passengers will no longer be able to bring Apple MacBook laptops bought between September 2015 and February 2017 on their flights.

The ban has been introduced in order to prevent potential faulty batteries causing issues on the plane.

The airline’s spokesperson released a statement explaining the change on the EasyJet website which read: ‘In light of the recent EASA guidance customers are advised that they are not allowed to switch on or charge older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units supplied by Apple Inc, between September 2015 and February 2017 during their flight. If such a device is taken on board, the passenger is required to keep it switched off and not use or charge the device.’

The EASA guidelines now state: ‘Only selected product serial numbers are affected. Apple has offered to replace the batteries for eligible devices free of charge.’

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Naturally, the new rule has had a slight backlash from regular EasyJet flyers who find it inconvenient. However, the airline spoke to the Express clarifying its importance.

‘In light of the recent EASA guidance concerning MacBook Pros, customers are not allowed to switch on or charge older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units supplied by Apple Inc between September 2015 and February 2017 in flight,’ the spokesperson reiterated. ‘This guidance is highlighted on our website and the cabin crew will make PAs onboard to advise customers.’

Safety does come first, after all!