Virgin bans fire hazard laptops

Virgin is the latest airline to ban the use of battery powered Dell and Apple laptops that could cause a fire hazard.

Virgin is the latest airline to ban the use of battery powered Dell and Apple laptops that could cause a fire hazard.

Virgin Atlantic took the decision in light of the battery recalls made by Dell and Apple last month.

Dell has recalled 4.1 million batteries and Apple has asked for the return of 1.8 million, after a small number of the Dell machines caught fire as a result of faulty batteries. Both sets of the faulty batteries were made by Sony.

The only way the owners of these laptops can now use their machine on Virgin flights is to remove the batteries and power the laptop from seat power points, but most Virgin seats don’t have such points.

Dell and Apple users will have to spend more than the equivalent of a new laptop and travel in Virgin Upper Class to guarantee a power point at their seat.

Australian airline Qantas and Korean Air have already banned the use of fire hazard batteries from their flights.


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