Several months ago, Apple launched a voluntary recall and replacement program for older model 15-inch MacBook Pros due to battery security issues. Now, the United States Federal Aviation Administration has addressed the recall and informed airlines about what precautions they should take.
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In a statement to Bloomberg the FAA stated that it is "Aware of the recalled batteries used by some Apple MacBook Pro laptops." It also said it has notified US airlines of the recall.
In response to that warning, the FAA reminded airlines to follow the recalled battery safety guidelines. This means that affected 15-inch MacBook Pros should not be taken on flights such as cargo or cargo luggage.
Bloomberg reports, citing an internal notice to employees:
This week reported four cargo companies managed by Total Cargo Expertise – TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy and Air Transat – implemented a ban on preventing laptops from being carried on carriers' aircraft as cargo.
"Please note that the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro Laptop, sold between mid-2015 and February-2017, is prohibited on board any of our mandates," wrote a TCE Operations Coordinator for employees.
TUI Group Airlines confirmed this new policy and said that airport employees and flight attendants will announce the ban at the port and before takeoff. TUI Group Airlines is based in the United Kingdom, and it is unclear whether airports in the United States will issue similar announcements.
In June, Apple announced a "voluntary recall" for older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units sold between September 2015 and February 2017. Apple says these devices "contain a battery that can overheat and pose a fire safety risk.
Are you also curious if your MacBook Pro is affected? Apple has a support page where you can find out by entering the MacBook Pro's serial number.
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