Photographer stuck in Vietnam because of his recalled MacBook Pro

What you need to know

  • Apple recalled some 2015 MacBook Pro models.
  • A British travel photographer's machine is one of those recalled.
  • He hasn't had it repaired yet and now he can't fly.

A British travel photographer finds himself stuck in location in Vietnam after it turned out that his 15-inch MacBook Pro was one of those recalled by Apple. The problem is he didn't get the work done, and now no airline will let him fly.

According to the story in The Independent the photographer was invited to work in Vietnam by a travel company. The flew there on an Air France airplane with his MacBook Pro in his carry on luggage. He even made two domestic flights with Vietnam Airlines without issue, but when he tried to return home via the same airline he was told that he couldn't take the notebook with him. At all.

At first they said 'don't switch it on during the flight'. But then security decided to say a flat 'no' to me taking it on the aircraft.

When it was suggested that the MacBook Pro remain in Vietnam while the man flew home to Europe, he refused. Apparently it was just too important to leave behind.

Instead, he's now waiting for a replacement battery to be shipped out from Singapore so his machine can be repaired. That can take up to two weeks, apparently. Which we imagine is quite the inconvenience.

Apple recalled some 2015 15-inch MacBook Pros earlier this year and ever since we've seen various airlines and aviation authorities take different stances on the situation. It may also come down to whether the security officials at the airline and check-in desks are fully up to speed as to whether an affected machine is allowed onto a flight, too.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

2 Comments
  • Can't Apple do something about this with the airlines? Isn't there some documentation they can give people showing their MacBook is unaffected or has been replaced with a new battery?
  • donnation, I was thinking the same thing as I was reading this article. I have an older 15" Retina MBP that's not affected by this recall and I worry that if I take it on a trip I will get some over zealous TSA agent that will try to "Confiscate" it.