FAA Bans MacBook Pro Laptops With Recalled Batteries

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 14, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain MacBook Pro laptops on flights following an announcement by Apple Inc. that some use batteries that pose a fire or safety risk.

The 2015 MacBook Pro meets this qualification. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has a policy dating back years that bans passengers to fly with lithium batteries if they are the subject of a safety recall.

Apple's recall affects 15-inch Macbook Pro models sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

"The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops". 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 auto. You can, however, take it on a flight once its battery has been replaced.

A few weeks ago, The European Union Aviation Safety Agency had issued a safety notice for the recalled MacBook Pro and they urge passengers to keep it switched off and not to charge the device when it's taken on board.

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.

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