USA airline regulator bans Macbook Pro models with recalled batteries

Marco Green
August 14, 2019

US Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain models of Apple Inc's MacBook Pro laptops on flights.

Apple announced in June "a voluntary recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk". It has already alerted major airlines about it, telling them to adhere to the agency's 2016 safety instructions for devices with recalled batteries. If so, you need to get it fixed-for free-not only to keep your travel plans but because it could present a hazard to your home, office, or vehicle.

An Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar.

At the time of Apple's disclosure, the Cupertino company confirmed that users could get their battery replaced for free if they had an affected model.

If you get a match, follow the instructions lower down on the page to find the nearest Apple Store or authorized fix shop, or arrange to mail your laptop to Apple, for the battery replacement. Recalled laptops that have been repaired will be allowed on flights. Four airlines with cargo operations managed by Total Cargo Expertise - TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, and Air Transat - this week barred the laptops from flying as cargo, according to Bloomberg.

Not sure if your laptop is affected? You can enter your Macbook Pro serial number over here to find out.

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