Anyone heading on a flight with Virgin Australia sometime soon will need to be aware of the recent updates made to their dangerous goods information.

Passengers with the airline will no longer be able to put their Apple MacBook computers inside their checked luggage.

Instead, commuters are being told that “ALL Apple MacBooks must be placed in carry-on baggage only”.

The update to the Dangerous Goods policy comes following a worldwide recall by Apple for a number of Apple MacBook batteries.

According to Apple, there is a risk that a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops may contain a batter that could overheat and pose a safety risk.

The recall was issued back in June and Apple users were told to sop using the affected MacBook units and to seek help in replacing the battery free of charge.

However, Virgin has made the call to err on the side of caution and ban all Apple MacBooks from sitting amongst the checked luggage.


“No Apple MacBooks are permitted in checked in baggage until further notice,” they said.

The Dangerous Goods/hazardous materials list for Virgin pertains to “items or substances that may endanger the safety of the aircraft of guests on board”.