FAA bans certain MacBook Pro models from flights following Apple recall
MacBook users, beware. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned certain Apple laptops from all U.S. flights, saying they pose a "fire safety risk."
The ban comes after Apple issued a battery recall on the same MacBook Pro models this June. That voluntary recall, which is still in effect, came from concerns that the computers could overheat and pose a safety risk.
So which laptops are on the no-fly list? The ban applies to certain 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017.
To find out whether your laptop is part of the recall — and therefore part of the ban — visit this portal on Apple's website. Enter your computer's serial number to see if it's included.
The recall applies to around 432,000 computers sold in the U.S. and thousands more sold in Canada, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
In a statement on the new ban, the FAA said it was "aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops" and added that it had alerted major U.S. airlines about the recall.
The agency's restrictions apply to both carry-on and cargo baggage, meaning the computers are completely prohibited on commercial flights. This practice is similar to the FAA's handling of earlier battery recalls.
Apple has acknowledged the potential safety risks in continuing to use these laptops — let alone taking them on a plane. The company's initial recall statement noted the threat behind letting a battery to overheat.
"Apple has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk," the company wrote on its website.
Other recalled computer models have been banned from flying in the past, but electronic devices have never caused a fire to spread on a commercial flight, according to Bloomberg. There have been a few instances of lithium batteries overheating and contributing to fires on cargo flights, though.