The ban affects 15-inch MacBook Pros whose batteries were recalled by Apple in June due to potential fire risk.
Your laptop might not be able to board your next flight, due to the Federal Aviation Administration’s new MacBook Pro ban. The FAA has banned certain MacBook Pro laptops that were recalled by Apple earlier this summer due to safety concerns with the lithium batteries that include risk of fire.
In June, Apple recalled “a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units,” that were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017, the company said in its recall notice to customers. Apple says the laptops have a battery that could “overheat and pose a fire safety risk.” The FAA has now banned those laptops from U.S. flights, the safety regulator’s standard practicefor products with lithium batteries that have been recalled for safety reasons.
“The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops,” the safety regulator told NPR in a statement in August. “In early July, we alerted airlines about the recall, and we informed the public.” (Despite the announcement in July, the news of the ban only started to get widespread attention in August.)