MacBook Pro with battery fire risk banned on U.S. flights

If you are traveling in the United States with a MacBook Pro in luggage, note: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has prohibited the boarding of certain units of this line on domestic flights. The reason? Fire risk.

The feeling of déjà vu is not a mere coincidence. The measure recalls the restrictions that made the Galaxy Note 7 banned on flights from various parts of the world. The main difference with the MacBook Pro is that, here, the ban ceases to exist if the equipment has been recalled.

For those unaware of the matter, in June, Apple started a global recall program valid for MacBooks Pro with a 15-inch Retina display marketed between September 2015 and February 2017. According to the company, the battery in these units may overheat and cause a fire.

Hence the FAA ban. THE Bloomberg, the agency explained that it is aware of the MacBook Pro battery problem and that, as a result, it has warned airlines about the recall program.

Apple MacBook Pro

Along with the notice, the entity reminded the companies of a regulation in force since 2016 that prohibits the transportation of equipment on aircraft that is subject to a safety recall, unless the defective component has already been repaired or replaced.

With the ban, the affected units cannot be transported even in the cargo hold of aircraft. It just wasn’t clear how the inspection will be done at airports in order to avoid mistakes, after all, it is necessary to check the equipment’s serial number to find out if it is eligible for the recall or not.

Some operators in Europe are also already restricting shipments with problematic MacBooks Pro. The TUI Group, for example, is already directing airport employees and flight attendants to make announcements about it.

In the estimates of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 432,000 MacBook Pro units are at risk of battery incidents. Note, however, that this figure refers only to units sold in the United States.

To find out if your MacBook Pro is eligible for recall, simply go to This page and inform the serial number of the equipment. This information can be found in the About This Mac option in the Apple menu. If so, just follow the directions on the same page to replace the battery.

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