Passengers With Dell Laptops Get Special Airline Treatment
from the all-charged-up dept
Following the well-publicized recall of more than 4 million Dell laptop batteries, Australian airline Qantas is apparently giving passengers with Dell laptops some special treatment. Some travelers report security personnel removing their laptop batteries and covering the contacts with tape, a policy the airline says has been lifted. However, it does say that passengers with Dell laptops are asked to make themselves known to flight attendants, who can then make sure they’re “advised individually” on new usage rules, which basically say that computers can’t be plugged in to the plane’s in-seat power system if the batteries are installed. This doesn’t seem particularly helpful, since none of the cases of exploding batteries that have come to light involved an in-seat power supply, but it illustrates the sort of reaction that seems commonplace with airplanes and safety these days. Maybe it won’t be so long until people aren’t traveling with laptops — either by choice, or by decree.