Laptoppa Non Gratta: Virgin Atlantic Restricts Dell and Apple Notebooks

Virgin Atlantic becomes the latest airline to limit laptop use on board, thanks to the threat of exploding batteries. Qantas and Korean Air already have imposed restrictions.

The ruling affects both Dell and Apple laptops inflight, because both use Sony-made batteries. Mac owners in the same boat as Dell? Say it ain’t so!

Sir General Richard Branson solemnly requests that you pull the battery out of your machine before getting on board. If you want to fire it up, you’ll need to run the computer on AC power… which you can only do in business class.

Flying coach? You’re screwed.

Virgin tells travellers to remove Apple, Dell laptop batteries [Reg Hardware]


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  1. DeeJayQueue says:

    I thought the batteries were prone to explosion whether they were in the laptop or not.

  2. Paula says:

    I think they explode only inside the laptop.

  3. Orthodork says:

    What if you get a replacement battery?

  4. Vinny says:

    Stupid idiot flight schmucks. It isn’t all Macs, it’s just the older Powerbooks and iBooks.

    Yet again, the stupid rule the earth.

  5. EBW says:

    Actually, I think I might try and use this to leverage an upgrade next time I fly VA. Once upon a time you could get a Virgin Gold Club account for flying 7 times in a year, which is easy to do if you have family overseas. Combine that with a desperate need not to watch crap VA in-flight entertainment, and I think it’s worth a shot.

    And there is NO WAY I’m flying without my Powerbook (I call him Lappy). He’s like the brother I never had.