MacBook Pros with recalled batteries are banned from United States flights

A Touch Bar on a Mac Book Pro computer shown in a demo room following the announcement of new products at the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino California USA 27 October 2016

A Touch Bar on a Mac Book Pro computer shown in a demo room following the announcement of new products at the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino California USA 27 October 2016

Apple put out a recall notice earlier this summer for a 2015 MacBook Pro model because its battery can overheat. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has a policy dating back years that bans passengers to fly with lithium batteries if they are the subject of a safety recall.

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 14 ― US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned certain models of Apple Inc's MacBook Pro laptops on flights, after the company recalled select units which had batteries posing fire risks.

The 2015 MacBook Pro meets this qualification. It has already alerted major airlines about it, telling them to adhere to the agency's 2016 safety instructions for devices with recalled batteries.

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If you're in the market for a new laptop, you've probably stumbled upon a few Chromebooks at your local stores. You can, however, take it on a flight once its battery has been replaced.

The FAA decision also comes two weeks after the European Union Aviation Safety Agency posted a warning about the affected laptops. Four airlines with cargo operations managed by Total Cargo Expertise - TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, and Air Transat - this week barred the laptops from flying as cargo, according to Bloomberg.

You can check if your MacBook Pro is affected by searching for your serial number here.

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