Some MacBook Pros are now banned from planes

August 14, 2019

Apple’s 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display has been undergoing a limited recall for some devices.

The firm said that it had “determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number.”

In response to this, the FAA told Bloomberg that it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops” and had warned major U.S airlines to take action.

For MacBook users travelling there’s an obvious problem. it may be hard to tell at a glance just which MacBook is banned without digging into its serial number and verifying it there and then, a laborious process.

A follow-up statement provided to The Verge implies that the MacBook Pro won’t be singled out. Not simply just because it would be nigh impossible to efficiently demonstrate, but also it’s a device recalled for their batteries are already banned from planes due to health and safety reasons.

The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops. In early July, we alerted airlines about the recall, and we informed the public. We issued reminders to continue to follow instructions about recalls outlined in the 2016 FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 16011, and provided information provided to the public on FAA’s Packsafe website:

Source: Bloomberg 

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