Apple MacBook Pro models deemed a fire risk banned from U.S. flights

FAA Bans Recalled Mac Book Pros From Flights

If it's not identified as a "MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)" when selecting About This Mac from the Apple menu in the top-left corner of this screen, then it's definitely not part of the recall at all, and you don't need to worry.

"The battery issue affects a limited number of 15" MacBook Pro units that are sold between September 2015 to February 2017. All MacBook Pros that are eligible for a replacement can be determined by the product's serial number.

A MacBook laptop computer shown in 2016.

At the time of Apple's disclosure, the Cupertino company confirmed that users could get their battery replaced for free if they had an affected model. "In early July, we alerted airlines about the recall, and we informed the public", the FAA said in an emailed statement.

These batteries may "overheat and pose a fire safety risk".

Certain older generation, 15-inch MacBook Pros are no longer allowed on flights in either carry-on or checked bags.

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Regulators in the European Union have also restricted the recalled MacBooks from use on European flights. The U.S aviation is only trying to be more conscious of the health risks these recalled devices poses hence the stricter rules.

Determining whether a MacBook Pro falls under this ban could be a headache for travelers and airport security.

According to a Canadian notice from June, about 432,000 MacBook Pros sold in the United States were included in the recall.

Bloomberg further notes that it has obtained internal documents showing that this week, four airlines - TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, and Air Transat - have banned the MacBook Pro models in question.

SIB 2017-01 was issued in the aftermath of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco and is a general advisory that applies generally to any "damaged, defective or recalled lithium batteries". We aren't entirely sure how well airport staff will be able to differentiate between a 2015 MacBook Pro and a 2014 version, but there should be guidelines in place so that only those carrying recalled models will be affected.

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