Apple issued a recall warning earlier this summer for a 2015 MacBook Pro model because the battery may overheat. The FAA reminds passengers that they cannot fly with one of these if it has not yet been repaired.
Flying with a somewhat recalled battery is prohibited
This MacBook is not designated for special processing. The Department of Transport (DOT) has a policy going back this year that prohibits passengers from flying with lithium batteries if they are subject to a recall of security. The agency's policy "prohibits the transport of batteries and battery-powered devices that are likely to create sparks or generate dangerous heat generation."
5 MacBook Pro meets this qualification. Apple warns that "the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk." Pictures of a MacBook Pro that experienced this problem show a battery burning through the laptop's outer case.
Find out if the MacBook was recalled
Apple recalled the 15-inch MacBook Pro with 2015 on the retina screen. The company's recall page allows users to enter the serial number on their computer to see if it is part of this program.
The problem is relatively rare – only 26 reported incidents received the recall. Still, owners of affected units should not hesitate to service it.
For one thing, a melting MacBook is a significant danger. The service is also free and includes battery change. This can add to the usefulness of MacBook for years, as batteries inevitably run out of charge and discharge cycles.