FAA Bans Recalled MacBook Pros from Flights Due to Battery Fire Risk

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In June, Apple released a voluntary recall and replacement program for older models 15-inch MacBook Pro due to battery safety concerns. Yesterday, the US Federal Aviation Administration has advised airlines on the precautions they should take regarding the recall.

Its statement to Bloomberg says that FAA is “aware of the recalled batteries that are used some Apple MacBook Pro laptops.” In addition, the announcement states that it has alerted U.S. airlines about the recall.

In conclusion, the FAA reminded airlines to follow safety guidelines for recalled batteries which means that the affected 15-inch MacBook Pros are prohibited on flights as cargo or carry-on baggage.

Citing an internal notice to employees, Bloomberg writes:

This week, four airlines with cargo operations managed by Total Cargo Expertise — TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, and Air Transat — implemented a ban, barring the laptops from being brought onto the carriers’ planes as cargo.”

Please note that the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop, sold between mid-2015 to February-2017 is prohibited on board any of our mandate carriers,” a TCE operations coordinator wrote to employees.

TUI Group Airlines already confirmed the new policy and said that its staff will make announcements about the ban at the gate and prior to take off. However, as TUI Group Airlines is based out of the UK, there is no information if the US airports will make such announcements.

A few months ago, Apple announced a “voluntary recall” for older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units sold between September 2015 and February 2017. According to Apple, those units “contain a battery that may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.”

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