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Of course, the flaming batteries are still banned

Just a week ago, Virgin Atlantic airlines placed a blanket policy banning on the use of all Dell and Apple laptop batteries aboard its aircraft. In response to Virgin Atlantic’s ban, a Dell spokesman suggested that, "They could easily check out whether a laptop uses a Sony battery or other brand instead of banning them all."


Apparently, Dell’s suggestion sounded reasonable to Virgin Atlantic, and the airline has now revised its laptop battery restrictions to the following:

Customers wishing to use an Apple or Dell laptop on board can only do so once the laptop battery serial number has been checked by a member of the Cabin Crew.


- If the battery is permitted for use, the laptop may be used as normal on board, with no further restrictions.


- If however the battery is identified as being from the affected batch as identified by Apple and Dell, the battery must be removed. In cabins where the seats are fitted with In Seat Power Supplies, leads/adapters will be offered. Where no ISPS is provided or no laptop leads/adapters are available, the use of these affected laptops is prohibited.


Any removed or spare batteries must be individually wrapped/protected and placed in your Carry On Baggage. This is limited to two batteries per passenger.


Virgin Atlantic is in communication with Apple and Dell. As soon as this safety issue is resolved these restrictions will be lifted.

There is no word yet on any change in laptop policies from Korean Air or Qantas.

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By kelmon on 9/25/2006 6:06:55 AM , Rating: 1
OK, I'm happy that if I travel on Virgin that I can now use my computer (unaffected older PowerBook) but I have to question how this policy will be implemented. When the policy was a ban on ALL Dell and Apple laptops, such a ban could be enforced relatively simply by the cabin staff identifying "problem" laptops by the logo on the lid of the laptop. Now, however, what are they supposed to do? Are they going to be wishing to inspect your battery's serial number and comparing it against a list? Or are they going to do all this on trust? Somehow I suspect that it will be the latter and therefore I have to question the point of all this.

An ineffective policy but I guess I should reserve my anger for Sony.

RE: Implementation?
By Acanthus on 9/25/2006 6:49:22 AM , Rating: 3
The list is very short and would be easy to compare.

RE: Implementation?
By tuteja1986 on 9/25/2006 12:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
They should tell the people who want to use a laptop in a plane to remove the battery and instead use the power lead :!

Problem sloved :)

RE: Implementation?
By Hare on 9/25/2006 3:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
That's exactly what they already did. The problem is that seats with sockets are rare and mostly in first-class.

By Quiksel on 9/25/2006 11:53:33 AM , Rating: 2
This is GREAT news. Glad to see that some airlines can see beyond the FUD and actually implement policy THAT MAKES SENSE.

Can't wait to see the others follow, so we can all move on with our lives in the air. :)

RE: :-D
By Zirconium on 9/25/2006 6:37:38 PM , Rating: 2
What others? Virgin Atlantic was the first one to buy into the FUD. Besides Virgin, it seems like Qantas and Korean Air are the only other airlines banning Dells/Macs.

Can I?
By quiksilv3r on 9/25/2006 10:10:17 AM , Rating: 2
Can I bring my exploding Lenovo?

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