FAA tells airways MacBook Professionals with faulty batteries can’t fly

Laptop computer sitting on desk.

The 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Professional.

The Federal Aviation Administration has banned sure 15-inch MacBook Professionals with doubtlessly faulty batteries from US flights. The transfer, which follows Apple’s June recall announcement, is a part of a normal FAA coverage on units with faulty batteries.

“The FAA is conscious of the recalled batteries which are utilized in some Apple MacBook Professional laptops,” FAA spokespeople mentioned in emails to Ars Technica. Underneath FAA coverage, affected MacBook Professionals are banned from the passenger cabin and from checked baggage.

The FAA says it alerted airways concerning the recall in early July. The company additionally says it knowledgeable the general public on social media across the identical time, although it did not get a lot consideration on the time.

Regulators within the European Union have additionally restricted the recalled MacBooks from use on European flights.

Apple is not the one producer to have units restricted from US flights. Samsung recalled the Galaxy Observe 7 in 2016 after a number of exploding battery incidents. After one unit exploded onboard a Southwest Airways flight (fortunately it hadn’t but taken off), the FAA banned the units from US airways.

Which laptops are affected?

Affected laptops had been principally bought between September 2015 and February 2017.

“In a restricted variety of older technology 15-inch MacBook Professional items, the battery might overheat and pose a fireplace security danger,” says an announcement on Apple’s web site. In case you have a 15-inch MacBook Professional, you may go to Apple’s recall web page and enter its serial quantity to find out whether or not your machine is affected. Apple says it can substitute the batteries at no cost, although substitute might take as much as two weeks.


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