Here’s Why Some MacBook Pro Models Are Banned On US Flights

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You may not be permitted to bring your MacBook Pro on board in the United States. That is if it was bought from September 2015 to February 2017 and whose battery you have recently replaced.

This exclusion was based on the order of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which prohibited equipment with lithium-based recalled batteries onboard aircraft due to security risks.

After Apple announced that some of its older MacBook Pro laptops pose a fire safety hazard, the FAA has lately banned the use of selected MacBook Pro laptops on flights, per a report by Bloomberg.

In an announcement to Bloomberg, the federal organization said it was conscious of the recalled batteries being used on some of the Apple MacBook Pro laptops and that all the leading U.S. airlines were informed about them.

The defective MacBook Pro laptops the FAA is talking about referring to a particular collection of laptops sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

In June, Apple announced a battery recall program to replace the batteries of the affected MacBook Pro laptops free of charge in the period referred to above.

To check the eligibility of their laptops for repair, users had to enter the serial number of their MacBook Pro laptops on Apple’s support site.

In the wake of the Bloomberg report, The Verge also contacted the FAA and found that: the FAA has not explicitly prohibited the recalled battery or the MacBook Pro. The ban on recalled batteries has simply been reaffirmed.

An FAA spokesman told The Verge that its activities were an essential component of a routine that reminded airlines not to let any phone with a recalled battery and not just a MacBook Pro laptop.

“The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops. In early July, we alerted airlines about the recall, and we informed the public. We issued reminders to continue to follow instructions about recalls outlined in the 2016 FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 16011, and provided information provided to the public on FAA’s Packsafe website,”

FAA Spokesman To The Verge

You can go to the Apple Support page and enter your MacBook Pro’s serial number to know if your battery is eligible for a free replacement.

We will update this article once there is more information.

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Anirudh Muley
Anirudh Muley
Anirudh is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Clickdotme. He does not like describing himself in the third-person and had a hard time coming up with these two sentences!
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