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The US Federal Aviation Administration Is Banning This MacBook Pro From Planes

Technology + Gear News Airports + Flying
by Eben Diskin Aug 15, 2019

If your MacBook Pro has been recalled by Apple for a battery hazard, you might not be able to take it on a plane.

According to Apple, some 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017 have batteries that may overheat and pose a fire safety risk. The US Federal Aviation Administration has alerted major US airlines about the recall. This means the affected laptops are not allowed on flights as either cargo or carry-on baggage.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency issued a similar warning earlier this month, urging airlines to crack down on travelers carrying the recalled MacBook Pros. The warning explains that, “If such a device is taken on board, the passenger is required to keep it switched off and not use or charge the device.” Passengers should also note that they need to inform cabin crew immediately when a device is damaged, hot, produces smoke, is lost, or falls into the seat structure.

About 432,000 of these laptops were sold in the US, and would be subject to the ban. If you do own one of the affected 15-inch MacBook Pros, you can get your battery replaced free of charge and jet off with your laptop again. Just check the serial number via Apple’s recall announcement page to know if your device is part of the recall.

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