Oman Air has joined the list of carriers refusing to allow MacBook Pro laptops in checked-in luggage on its flights, according to sister title Arabian Business.
The ban is reportedly in light of safety concerns over the batteries in the 15-inch MacBook Pro devices and the potential fire risk they pose, although they are allowed as part of carry-on luggage.
A statement from the airline said: “For the safety of our guests and crew, Oman Air has prohibited the carriage of older generation 15-inch Macbook Pro models in checked luggage.
"Guests are to refrain from bringing the affected models in checked baggage. They may be allowed as hand-carry provided they remain switched off throughout the flight, protected from accidental activation, and not to be charged during the flight.”
Other airlines that have issued a similar ban include Etihad Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Virgin Australia. Emirates will currently not join this list, confirmed Arabian Business.
Both the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency issued their own warnings about these models recently.