Apple has recently recalled batteries installed in some of the 15-inch MacBooks, which are now banned from airplanes.
Heads up, travelers, the Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain MacBook Pro laptops in checked or carry-on bags; Apple recalled them in June. .
The ban is actually a more concisely enumerated direction by the aviation regulator as it relates to recalls.
“The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops,” the Federal Aviation Administration told USA TODAY in a statement on Wednesday. “In early July, we alerted airlines about the recall, and we informed the public. We issued reminders to continue to follow instructions about recalls.” .”
In the fine print on its Packsafe page, the FAA states that “lithium batteries recalled by the manufacturer/vendor must not be carried aboard aircraft or packed in baggage unless the recalled product/component has been replaced or repaired or otherwise made safe per manufacturer/vendor instructions.”
Apple is giving eligible consumers various options on how to have their batteries replaced, including going to an Apple retail store or working with Apple Support to mail their laptops in.
“Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk,” the company wrote on its website. “Affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and product eligibility is determined by the product serial number.”
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