The US Federal Aviation Administration recently notified major airlines about Apple's recall of certain MacBook Pro models, effectively banning the affected laptops from passenger and cargo plane when posing a potential fire hazard.
In a statement to Bloomberg the FAA said it was "aware of the recalled batteries used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops" and stated that it had instructed the airlines about to follow rules for products with recalled batteries.
According to a regulation from 2016, affected units are limited to cargo plan and as carry-over objects on passenger aircraft.
In June, Apple issued a battery recall aimed at mid-2015 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold between September 2015 and February 2017. According to the company, some devices contain overheating battery cells and "pose a fire safety risk."
An internal document seen by Bloomberg confirms Total Cargo Expertise this week notified employees of the laptop ban. The company operates both cargo and passenger aircraft under TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy and Air Transat. A spokesman for TUI Group said the airline will announce announcements of the recalled MacBook Pro models at the airport gates and on board before departure, the report said.
Whether the FAA plans to issue laptop computer warnings at US airports is unknown. Similar posts were seen at airports across the country in 2016 after a number of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices caught fire or exploded. At that time, at least one airline, Southwest, accused the evacuation of a flight on a smoking. Note 7.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency also takes precautions and instructed airlines in August to comply with 2017 regulations requiring devices with recalled lithium-ion batteries to be turned off during flight, the report states.
A Canadian security alert in June estimated that about 432,000 MacBook Pros with defective batteries were sold in the United States, while a further 26,000 made their way into Canada.