A couple of months ago, Apple announced a recall of selected MacBook Pro variants due to battery safety concerns. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has now banned such MacBook Pro models on flights due to safety concerns. It has also informed all major flight operators in the US about the recall.
It has also reminded airlines of the 2016 safety instructions which made it clear that goods with recalled batteries cannot be carried by passengers in flight as carry-on item or as checked-in luggage. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has already issued a warning about the recalled MacBooks to all airlines in the EU earlier this month.
In a statement, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops” and stated that it alerted major U.S. airlines about the recall.
Apple has recalled the 15-inch MacBook Pro sold between September 2015 and February 2017 due to concerns with its battery. As revealed by the CPSC, the recall affects around 432,000 MacBook Pro units in the United States and 26,000 units in Canada. Apple had received 26 reports about the affected model’s battery overheating, which included five reports of minor burns, one of smoke inhalation, and 17 of damage to personal property.
When it announced the recall, Apple recommended owners of affected MacBook Pro models to immediately contact their nearest service center to get the battery replaced for free. If you have not already, make sure to check that your 15-inch MacBook Pro’s battery is not affected by the recall from this page.