Recalled 15-inch Macbook Pros With Overheating Batteries Banned From Flights

Posted: Aug 13 2019, 11:15pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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Recalled 15-inch Macbook Pros with overheating batteries banned from flights
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Customers can take their laptops onboard once they get the batteries replaced.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has banned select MacBook Pro laptops from being taken onboard flights after Apple recalled them in June for fear of batteries catching fire.

In a statement to Bloomberg News, the U.S. airline safety regulator said it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops,” adding that it has already notified major U.S. airlines about the recall.

On June 20, Apple has issued a voluntary recall of 15-inch MacBook Pros that were sold between September 2015 and February 2017, over concerns that their batteries could overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

Apple has commenced a recall to have their repair centers replace the affected batteries, free of charge.

The FAA told Bloomberg that the recalled laptops should not be taken on flights as cargo or in carry-on baggages by passengers.

The news outlet said, citing an internal memo, that four airline operators, including TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, and Air Transat, have already banned the laptops from being brought onto the carriers’ planes as cargo.

The report noted that once new batteries are installed in the 15-inch Macbook Pros, customers can carry them on board.

Meanwhile, in a similar, but more relaxed move, the FAA’s European counterpart, has also issued a warning a week ago, telling aircraft operators to remind passengers to switch off the laptops onboard aircrafts and to not use or charge them. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency is also urging passengers to notify cabin crew immediately when “a device is damaged, hot, produces smoke, is lost or falls into the seat structure.”

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