Recalled MacBook models are banned from all flights

  • Recalled MacBook models are banned from all flights

Recalled MacBook models are banned from all flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that it's banning select Macbook Pro models from flights in the name of safety. The FAA is reminding passengers that they can't fly with one of these if it has not yet been repaired. The agency's policy "forbids the transport of batteries and battery-powered devices which are likely to create sparks or generate a risky evolution of heat".

In the Overview portion of the popup that appears, look for the description "MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)", or something similar. Pictures of a MacBook Pro that experienced this problem show a battery that burned through the laptop's outer casing.

The laptops were sold between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number, according to the company's notice. It has already alerted major airlines about it, telling them to adhere to the agency's 2016 safety instructions for devices with recalled batteries.

Apple, in its announcement, said that "customer safety is always a top priority", and it would replace the affected batteries free of charge.

Bloomberg adds that four airlines with cargo services managed by Total Cargo Expertise - TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, and Air Transat - have banned the affected Macbook Pro models from being carried as cargo.