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It will probably be quite effective. Travelers will see these articles, and airlines will probably send out reminders to people not to bring these machines on the plane. Most people with them will get them fixed or leave them at home, and the risk is greatly diminished.

It's not a bomb where any failure to keep it off the planes is catastrophic. They can afford to have some people defying the ban.

Even if it gets fixed, how would TSA know that? If TSA doesn't check at all, then the "solution" is relying on people following a rule that has no enforcement.

How many people are going to actually read these articles to know which models are affected? How many people are going to remember the articles when it's time for them to go to the airport? How many people are simply going to ignore the rule because their MBP is their primary computer and would rather not go without it?

Can they afford to have some people or most people defying the ban? Because as it stands, it's impossible to tell how many people are just going to voluntarily follow a rule with (close to) zero enforcement....unless they actually enforce it

Yes, they can afford it. The purpose is just to reduce risk. The rule doesn't need to be, and I'm sure it wasn't intend to be, foolproof.

> where any failure to keep it off the planes is catastrophic

In-flight fires are some of the deadliest issues one mzy encounter. They can indeed be catastrophic.

Sure, but the odds of a fire actually happening are still quite low. Unlike a bomb, where it's pretty likely to explode in flight because that's the whole point.

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