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 Jan 24 '18 at 1:59


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.)

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