The Jakarta Post
Several domestic and foreign airlines have issued their own policy regarding the MacBook Pro ban. (Shutterstock/Olena Yakobchuk)
The Transportation Ministry has prohibited passengers from bringing certain models of MacBook Pro on aircraft as checked baggage.
However, passengers are still allowed to carry 15-inch models of the MacBook Pro that were manufactured in 2015 and released between September 2015 and February 2017 into the plane cabin as long as the laptops are not used or the battery is not charged, according to a statement released by state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II).
The aforementioned model, which had been recalled by Apple in June, has been found to contain batteries that may overheat and therefore pose a safety risk.
This new policy is in accordance with the latest regulation letter No. AU 201/0169/DKP/DBU/VIII/2019 on Flight Safety Anticipation issued on Friday.
Following the issuance of the ban, AP II has instructed all Aviation Security (Avsec) personnel at the airport to conduct intensive checking of checked baggage and aircraft cargos.
"Inspection of the specific models of MacBook Pro will be done twice: during Security Check Point 1 when passengers enter the check-in area, and Security Check Point 2 when passengers enter the boarding lounge," said AP II corporate secretary and legal senior vice president Achmad Rifai in the statement.
Several domestic and foreign airlines have issued their own policy regarding the MacBook Pro ban. Some have totally banned bringing the product aboard aircraft.
Passengers are advised to check the policy of their respective airlines, as well as to arrive early at the airport to ensure a smoother departure process.
AP II currently manages 16 airports in Indonesia, including the country's biggest and busiest Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. (kes)