If you carry a 2015 model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, you may need to take up Apple on its free battery replacement supply earlier than bringing it with you on a flight. The US Federal Aviation Administration has banned the model — notably, these sold between September 2015 and February 2017 — from flights after Apple issued a recall in June. Cupertino stated these laptops’ batteries might overheat and pose a safety risk.
The agency told Bloomberg in a statement that it is “aware of the recalled batteries which might be utilized in some Apple MacBook Professional laptops.” It has already alerted main airways about it, telling them to stick to the company’s 2016 safety instructions for devices with recalled batteries. As such, you can’t take an affected laptop in your carry-on, and you’ll test it in as cargo both. You can, nevertheless, bring it on a flight as soon as its battery has been replaced.
Bloomberg says four airlines based within the UK, Italy, and Canada managed by Total Cargo Expertise just lately applied the same ban. The company already announced that the MacBook Pro model is now not allowed in any of its airways and said its personnel would remind passengers on the gate and before take-off.
Apple has asked customers with a 15-inch mid-2015 MacBook Pro to cease utilizing their machines till they’ll take steps to have their batteries replaced. Users with a 2015 MacBook Pro can enter their Mac’s serial quantity within the recall program web site to verify if their machine needs a replacement battery.
Apple has been offering free replacement batteries since June and has despatched out emails to customers who’re affected urging them to carry their MacBook Pro models in for repair. 2015 machines that have a fresh battery are allowed on planes as normal.