Is Your MacBook Pro Allowed to Fly?

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If you own a 15-inch MacBook Pro purchased between 2015 and 2017, there’s a chance it will no longer be allowed on aircraft after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented a ban.

As Bloomberg reports, the FAA ban is in response to Apple’s voluntary recall of “a limited number” of 15-inch MacBook Pros, which it announced back in June. The reason for the recall was due to faulty batteries and the risk they may overheat and catch fire.

The affected MacBook Pros were sold between Sept. 2015 and Feb. 2017. To check if your Pro uses a faulty battery, navigate to the About This Mac menu under the Apple button in the top-left of your screen to see if you have a “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015).” If you do, copy and paste the serial number into Apple’s support page to learn whether you need a repair. If the support page informs you a repair is required, it also now means you can’t fly from the US with your laptop until it’s fixed.

The FAA ban means these MacBook Pros can’t be taken as carry-on, or checked in as cargo on a flight. In Europe, the guidance is for the laptops to be turned off and not used during a flight rather than an outright ban.

If you do own a Pro from the stated time period and have been putting off getting it repaired, this is probably the nudge you needed to contact Apple and get the battery replaced. If nothing else it will mean you’re generally safer using it, plus you’re getting a new battery which should extend the life of the laptop.

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