On this week TWIT (this Week in Tech) podcast they mentioned that Virgin and Qantas have banned Dell and Apple laptops from being carried in the passenger cabin due the risk of the batteries catching fire. They must be checked. Cause, ya know, a fire in the cargo bay is preferable to one where there are people around to deal with it. http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4066 http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=1015545 It won't help if the batteries were removed and checked because they still have been known to go aflame all by themselves. Before the bashers join in it should be pointed out that both makers have issued recalls for the batteries that were made by Sony.