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Here’s proof that MacBooks are indestructible

Is this a stealth Apple ad?


Eric Geller


Posted on Feb 10, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 1:58 pm CDT

What’s worse than the unwelcome surprise of your small plane’s canopy popping open? The canopy popping open and your MacBook flying out of the cockpit.

That’s what happened to South African Reddit user and air-travel pun enthusiast av80r, who posted pictures of the slightly damaged but still functionable MacBook.

“My laptop fell out of my plane because the canopy popped open,” he wrote. “The laptop is still functional although the cooling system is damaged and the glass on the trackpad is starting to fall out.”

av80r was flying a Sports Cruiser at 200 km/h (124 mph) when the laptop left the plane in a bag that contained his pilot’s license and ID. Malopo, the farmer who found it, “messaged me on Facebook and found my phone number and gave me a call.”

So who’s to blame for the mid-air incident? “It was my fault,” av80r said. “The mechanism for securing the canopy for flight has an over-centered linkage. I didn’t push down hard enough on the lever so the canopy came open mid crosswind. The canopy didn’t fly off, just opened a bit.”

After recovering the laptop, av80r tried to trade it in at the Apple Store, but, he wrote“They didn’t think it as funny as I did apparently.”

H/T 9to5mac | Photo via tobiasbischoff/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Feb 10, 2015, 5:29 pm CST