USA Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain MacBook Pro laptops – MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid-2015) – with recalled batteries on flights after Apple recently said some devices had a fire hazard, reports Mark Gurman and Alan Levin for Bloomberg:
In a statement, the US Federal Aviation Administration said it was "aware of the recalled batteries used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops" and stated that it alerted major US airlines about the recall.
The watchdog also reminded airlines to follow the 2016 safety instructions for goods with recalled batteries, meaning that the affected Apple laptops should not be taken on flights such as cargo or luggage by passengers.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency warned about these Macs Book Pro models earlier this month, asking airlines in the region to comply with 2017 regulations requiring devices with reclaimed lithium-ion batteries to be turned off and not used during flights.
MacDailyNews Take: Makes perfect sense. You never want a bad battery to get off on a flight.
According to Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall program, the affected devices were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.
Apple has voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries for free.
First, check which 15-inch MacBook Pro you have. Select About this Mac from the Apple menu () at the top left of the screen. Confirm that the model is “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid-2015).” If you have that model, enter the computer's serial number on this page to see if it is eligible for this program, and if so, follow The compensation process.