Fly Without Your 15″ MacBook Pro (Retina) with Faulty Batteries, Warns FAA

In case you have 15" Apple MacBook Pro bought between September 2015 and February 2017, then you cannot fly as per new FAA advisory. Get free replacement of the battery, or be ready to fly without it.

Following Apple’s recall of select MacBook Pro model’s batteries posing fire risk, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) banned it from being carried in cargo or personal baggage said Bloomberg news. The FAA in a July 10 tweet following an incident involving a MacBook said ‘recalled #batteries do not fly.’

Earlier this month, European Aviation Agency warned airlines to follow 2017 rules which require devices with recalled lithium-ion batteries to be switched off and keep in ‘not in use’ mode during flights.

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Apple Conducts Free Battery Replacement Program

Apple informed last month that its 15″ MacBook Pro (Retina) model sold between September 2015 and February 2017, had batteries which ‘may overheat and pose a safety risk.’

15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program

On its website, has a new support page which helps users to check their MacBook Pro serial number to see if it is affected.

Air Carriers take Precaution on Laptops and Faulty Batteries

Bloomberg sources said that Total Cargo Expertise — TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, and Air Transat have all implemented a ban on carrying of laptops on flights.

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It added that a note from TCE operations coordinator addressing employees, “Please note that the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop, sold between mid-2015 to February-2017 is prohibited onboard any of our mandate carriers.”

As further precautions, airport staff and flight attendants will make public announcements at the airport gates and before the takeoff reminding passengers about the ban on Apple MacBook Pro (Retina) model.

However, those Apple MacBook Pro (Retina) models with replaced batteries will be allowed to sail through, the report said.

Major Fires & Accidents Avoided As Alert & Trained Staff Quell Them

In another report, CSPC and Health Canada in a joint recall program reported that 432,000 potentially affected MacBook Pro units sold in the United States and an additional 26,000 in Canada. As of June 4, 2019, Apple received a report about one consumer incident without any injury from Canada.

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There have been several incidents in the past when faulty batteries and devices like mobile phones, laptops, or other electronic devices have caught fire due to overheating. There have been three accidents according to the report of which, two were fatal since 2006, where lithium batteries played the ‘devil.’

Minor incidents reported recently in the passenger cabins or cargo, was easily quelled by alert and trained airline staff using water and fire extinguishers, the report said.

In case you have 15″ Apple MacBook (Retina) purchased during September 2015 and February 2017 with batteries not replaced yet, then please do so immediately by visiting their support page.

So, the next time you leave home or office for the Airport, make sure to leave behind your Apple MacBook Pro – the one purchased during the period mentioned above.

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