US airline safety regulators have banned some MacBook Pro laptops on flights after Apple said some units had batteries that could overheat and pose a fire risk.
The US Federal Aviation Administration said it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops” and that it had alerted major US airlines about the recall.
It reminded airlines to follow 2016 safety instructions for goods with recalled batteries, which means the affected laptops should not be taken on flights as cargo or in carry-on baggage.
#RECALL ALERT: The #FAA reminds passengers that recalled #batteries do not fly. Avoid carrying #recalled batteries when flying until repaired/replaced per manufacturer instructions. Learn how to #PackSafe at https://t.co/OzSsV8ar7m. @USCPSC recall ➡️https://t.co/rKTiTdv4lj https://t.co/kqLCRedilp— The FAA (@FAANews) July 10, 2019
The EU Aviation Safety Agency issued a warning about the same MacBook Pro models this month, telling airlines in the region to follow 2017 rules that require devices with recalled lithium-ion batteries to be switched off and not used during flights.
Apple announced a voluntary recall in June of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number.
The recall does not affect any other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks.
Apple asking customers to stop using affected 15-inch MacBook Pro units and can check the company's website for details on product eligibility and how to have a battery replaced, free of charge.