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.

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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