Flydubai has joined several other airlines in the United Arab Emirates to stop MacBook Pro laptops from being allowed as checked-in luggage on flights. 

The announcement, made on the website of the low-cost airline, said that after a limited number of 15-inch older-generation MacBook Pro models, which were generally sold in the period between September 2015 and February 2017, were recalled, the airline has made the decision to disallow the acceptance of such devices in either checked baggage or hand baggage unless they have been fitted with a replacement battery. 

Emirates also made the decision on Sunday to introduce its own ban, despite having previously allowed the checking in of MacBook Pro laptops. 

Other airlines in and out of the UAE, including the likes of Etihad Airways, Oman Air, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Thai Airways, have also issued similar bans. 

Last month, the US Federal Aviation Administration said that they had told major airlines in the States about Apple recalling the devices.

It also reminded airlines to follow the safety instructions that pertained to goods containing recalled batteries that had been issued three years ago back in 2016. 

Those instructions mean that Apple laptops affected by the recall should not be allowed on flights either as carry-on baggage or cargo. 

A separate warning was issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency about the same MacBook Pro models on 1stAugust. 

Although there have been a number of reported instances of devices, including laptops and phones, overheating and even catching on fire in the passenger compartments of planes, none of these incidents have ever got out of control. 

However, lithium batteries are believed to have been the cause of at least three fires on cargo airlines in the last 13 years, two of which proved to be fatal. 

Incidents and accidents can happen on planes or after people travelling to a new location have arrived at their destination, which is why the need arose for travel insurance in order to protect against the financial consequences of such unexpected and unplanned events. 

For people from overseas, it is compulsory to take out travel insurance before making an application for a visa that will allow them to head to the UAE. 

Taking out a comprehensive travel insurance policy will also protect against common travel risks such as emergency medical expenses to cover medical repatriation and hospital fees if required, stolen or lost personal items, or lost deposits and flight cancellations, and also against risks more specific to areas within the UAE, such as Dubai. 

These particular risks can include the likes of road accidents due to road conditions and the very high heat.

If you are intending to undertake a risky activity such as bungee jumping or skydiving, for which Dubai is well known, you may want to include them as extras in your travel insurance policy. 


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