I have an 11 inches Macbook air.

My macbook air turns the screen off and logs me out anytime i move it slightly across my bed. (it does not happen when i move it from bed and move it) even two inches moving turns the screen off and i am logged out as if i had closed the lid.

I have not been able to find any answer so far.

Any idea how to correct this? thanks

  • Does this happen whether or not the MacBook Air is plugged in?
    – Scot
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 1:59

1 Answer 1



It sounds like you're encountering a little static electricity (or electrostatic discharge, if you want to be fancy about it). The reason your getting "logged out" is probably that the ESD is causing a power surge that makes the laptop think the lid was closed (you're getting current from a sensor that isn't actually the source of the current).

It's best not to sit electronics on soft surfaces such as beds, carpets, etc as ESD can damage the hardware if a charge with too strong a current goes through it. If you've ever gotten a good hard shock when you touch the door knob after walking across the carpet in socks, you know what I'm talking about. :-)

Too more directly answer your question "How do I correct this?", the obvious answer is the best one: don't put your laptop on your bed. Make sure you use a laptop desk (something like this: https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/781650/Lap-Desk-Originals-Student-Lap-Desk/ or even a simple board so the computer is sitting on a smooth hard surface where it won't be affected by static, and will much more easily cool itself. (Sheets don't just hold static, they hold heat too.)

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .