I just saw an interesting post on Slashdot about the fact that Virgin Atlantic announced that it won't allow passengers to use batteries in any Apple or Dell laptops.
This must have been a difficult decision, as Apple and Dell have indicated there is a safety risk with a certain series of battery pack's, but why ban the use of all batteries and not only the re-called ones. I assume they just ban all as it's not doable to check all batteries during check-in, but how long would they need to keep this rule? And who ensures me that no other electronic device might have similar issues?
Personally I had one affected battery-pack, fortunately I had a second one that I'm using at the moment so I assume that the system I've got doesn't have any more chance to catch fire than any other laptop. I wonder how the competition between airlines will have it's impact to this, if I need to fly somewhere and I would have the option to pick an airline where I can use my laptop and I've got one where I can't, you may guess once witch one I would use.
I wonder what other airlines will start doing with this, I assume we'll find out within the next few weeks.