Do you always fly with your MacBook Pro? Well, things are about to change.
Apple recently issued a recall of more than four hundred thousand MacBook Pro laptops, because of its ability to overheat and become a fire risk. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed with the suspicion as well and the affected laptops are presently banned from getting onto an aircraft as a carry-on and within checked luggage.
This recall has to do with about four hundred and thirty-two thousand MacBook Pro laptops that got sold between September 2015 and February 2017. Apple received a lot of reports saying the batteries in these models are masters of overheating and there were even cases of minor burns, a case of smoke inhalation and various rumours of little property damage. Let’s discuss how this affects you:
How can I know if my Macbook Pro has been banned from flying?
Apple recently worked on a page where users can type in their serial number to know if their MacBook Pro is one of the culprits. Users are told to first check if their model is a “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015),” and that information can be known by selecting “About this Mac” from the Apple logo menu on the top left of your display. If your model is exactly that, your serial no is the next thing to enter to find out if your iOS device has been recalled. Apple has disclosed that service on affected devices will only take 14 to 21 days.
Will I be allowed to fly with my Macbook Pro?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not clearly banned MacBook Pro laptops from your baggage, but that does not even need to happen. The FAA has banned any and every recalled lithium-ion batteries from entering an aircraft. Therefore, these recalled devices should not fly. This also happened with Samsung phones exploding years back, and that case is identical to this current one.
If a company recalls its batteries because of a possible fire hazard, those batteries are automatically banned from flying. FAA recently revealed that they are “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops” and they have reached out to the main American airlines about the devices.
However, it is not certain that TSA agents and airline workers will be able to tell the difference between a banned MacBook and one that is not banned without resorting to going through the process of checking the serial number. Meaning, the main work is on the Macbook owner to find out if the device has to be repaired. Before repair, it is risky to fly with it.