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MacBook Pros with recalled batteries banned from U.S. airlines

A 2015 MacBook laptop that is affected by the FAA ban.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it is banning certain 2015 MacBook Pro laptops on flights. The FAA’s announcement following an announcement by Apple Inc. that batteries on some of its 15 inch 2015 Mac Book Pros pose a fire or safety risk.

The FAA said in a statement that was sent to a variety of U.S. media that, "The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops. In early July, we alerted airlines about the recall, and we informed the public."

The FAA also said that, "We issued reminders to continue to follow instructions about recalls outlined in the 2016 FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 16011, and provided information to the public on FAA's Packsafe website.”

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In June, Apple announced "a voluntary recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The laptops were sold between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number.”

In Apple’s June announcement, the company said that "customer safety is always a top priority," and it would replace the affected Mac Book Pro models free of charge.

Other international carriers have also banned the MacBook Pros this week. Four airlines with cargo operations banned the laptops as cargo on their flights. The airlines are Air Italy, Air Transat, Thomas Cook and TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines.

The total number of MacBook Pro’s that are affected by the ban and their locations of these computers are not known. Apple had said in June that 432,000 units were sold in the U.S. as well as 26,000 units in Canada. However, many of these computers were sold online to people across the world. Based upon this factor it is assumed that other airlines will also ban the affected computers after the FAA’s announcement.




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