The days of getting work done even while you are traveling in the air could be over. U.S. airline safety regulators have decided to ban select MacBook Pro laptops on flights after Apple Inc. recently said that some units had batteries that posed a fire risk.
In a recent statement, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops.” They then confirmed that the major U.S. airlines had been alerted about the recall.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency previously issued a warning about the defective MacBook Pro models earlier this month, telling airlines in the region to follow 2017 rules that require devices with recalled lithium-ion batteries to be switched off and not used during flights.
For U.S. airlines, they have been told to follow 2016 safety instructions for goods with recalled batteries, which means that the affected Apple laptops should not be taken on flights as cargo or in carry-on baggage by passengers.
The Apple laptops in question are some 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017. Apple issued the recall in June, saying it had “determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.”