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Avsec at Angkasa Pura II Airport Sterilizes Aircraft Cargo from Specified Macbook Pro Models

31 Aug 2019

Jakarta - PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) informed that the Ministry of Transportation prohibits aircraft passengers from inserting certain models of Macbook Pro laptops into aircraft cargo or being transported as checked baggage.

The Ministry of Transportation emphasized that certain Macbook Pro models could still be carried by passengers into the aircraft cabin on the condition that they should not be used and batteries could not be charged.

Macbook Pro is meant to be produced in 2015 and marketed in September 2015 to February 2017. In the Macbook Pro the model was found to have the potential for battery failure (overheat) that could interfere with flight safety.

The new policy is in accordance with letter number AU 201/0169 / DKP / DBU / VIII / 2019 regarding Anticipation of Flight Safety issued on Friday, 30 August 2019.

Following the new policy, PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) has instructed Aviation Security (Avsec) personnel at the airport to conduct intensive checks so that the checked baggage or sterile aircraft cargo from that particular model Macbook Pro.

Examination of passenger luggage is carried out twice by Avsec personnel using a metal detector namely at Security Check Point 1 and Security Check Point 2.

"Security Check Point 1 checks are carried out when airplane passengers enter the check-in area, and at that point Avsec will ensure that no specific model Macbook Pro enters into the checked baggage or aircraft cargo. Meanwhile, checks on Security Check Point 2 are carried out when passengers go to boarding lounges, "explained SVP of Corporate Secretary & Legal Angkasa Pura II Achmad Rifai."

"In addition, when processing check-in, the clerk at the check-in desk will also make sure the passenger of the aircraft whether the luggage or luggage that enters the cargo plane is a certain prohibited series Macbook Pro."

A number of domestic and foreign airlines have also issued their own handling policies related to the issue of this particular Macbook Pro series. It is known, there are airlines that totally forbid aircraft passengers to carry this particular series of Macbook Pro into the cabin of the aircraft or even as registered baggage or cargo.

Angkasa Pura II appealed to each airline to disseminate information and ensure that passengers were aware of the policy. Aircraft passengers are also advised to find out to each airline about the handling policies of the particular Macbook Pro series.

Associated with the inspection of this particular model Macbook Pro, Angkasa Pura II also appealed for airplane passengers to arrive early to the airport so that they have enough time to process departure.

Angkasa Pura II currently manages 16 airports in Indonesia including Soekarno-Hatta which is the busiest and largest airport in Indonesia.

The airports managed by Angkasa Pura II located in Sumatra are Silangit (siborong-borong), Sultan Iskandar Muda (Aceh), Kualanamu (Deli Serdang), Sultan Syarif Kasim II (Pekanbaru), Raja Haji Fisabilillah (Tanjung Pinang), Minangkabau (Aceh) Padang), Sultan Thaha (Jambi), Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II (Palembang), and Depati Amir (Pangkal Pinang)

Meanwhile, airports located in Java are Soekarno-Hatta (Tangerang), Halim Perdanakusuma (Jakarta), Husein Sastranegara (Bandung), Kertajati (Majalengka) and Banyuwangi in East Java.

Angkasa Pura II also manages airports in Kalimantan, namely Supadio (Pontianak) and Tjilik Riwut (Palangkaraya).