FAA Bans MacBook Pro Laptops With Recalled Batteries

FAA Bans Recalled Mac Book Pros From Flights

FAA Bans Recalled Mac Book Pros From Flights

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned certain MacBook Pro units that could pose a fire safety risk.

If you have a 15-inch MacBook Pro sold between September 2015 and February 2017, it may have a defective battery that poses a fire hazard.

"The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops".

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.

Apple recalled the mid-2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display. Pictures of a MacBook Pro that experienced this problem show a battery that burned through the laptop's outer casing. It's unclear what efforts will, if any, be made at USA airports. Both European and USA regulators appear to have no issue with recalled laptops that have received safer parts.

In June, Apple released a statement, saying that some of its older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units contain faulty batteries. So unlike the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note fiasco in 2016, there's a fair chance that laboriously enforcing this directive for every MacBook that comes through a security checkpoint won't be at the top of the priorities list.

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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.

'Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and we have voluntarily made a decision to replace affected batteries, free of charge, ' Apple said in a June statement.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's page for the MacBook Pro recall, Apple sold about 432,000 of the affected laptops in the US and 26,000 in Canada. There have been at least three accidents, two of them fatal, on cargo airlines since 2006 in which lithium batteries were suspected of helping spread fires.

Because of that same risk, the FAA is calling on the 2016 instructions it gave airlines.

If your computer is flagged but it has already went to Apple for fix, then you will have to show proof of the fix to the airline people and hope they let you in.

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