Apple announced a recall program a few weeks ago for a limited number of 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops with batteries that can overheat and present a fire hazard. Buyers of units sold between September 2015 and February 2017 – which is obviously quite a long time – can and should service their units as soon as possible to avoid potentially serious problems. Apart from the risk, the owners of these notebooks now have another reason to fix them: You probably won't be allowed to board the next flight if you have a MacBook Pro that has not been resolved.
The FAA banned the memory of the MacBook Pro from all flights, per Bloomberg saying it was "aware of the recalled batteries used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops." The FAA also informed the airlines about the recall and reminded them to follow 201
If this warning sounds familiar, it is because a more prominent recall prompted a similar ban from the FAA: Samsung's Galaxy Note 7. The phone was released in August 2016 and remembered a few months later after a poor battery design caused the handset to explode spontaneously.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency issued a less stringent warning about the recalled MacBook process, and advised local airlines to comply with 2017 rules on recalled lithium-ion batteries that require users not to turn on affected devices during flights. Airlines including TUI Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy and Air Transat have already implemented the ban, preventing laptops from being carried on aircraft as cargo.
Some airlines like TUI will announce announcements about the device at the gate and before take-off, and post notifications on their websites. Laptops with repaired batteries will not be affected.
It is unclear how many MacBook Pro models have been recalled, but Bloomberg cites a June Canadian alert that revealed that the number reaches 432,000 units in the United States alone, and another 26,000 in Canada. More details about the battery recall program, including a way to quickly determine if your device is affected, are available on Apple's support page.