If you're a MacBook laptop user, we may have some sad news for you. The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the ban of specific MacBook Pro models because of possible dangers due to their battery packs, USA Today reported.
This isn't the first time that Apple laptops have been prohibited from aircrafts. Some 15-inch MacBook Pros have already been recalled for the same reason. These older generation Apple computers have battery packs that are not up-to-date and could overheat which then may lead to smoke and fire on an airplane.
The FAA only forbid 15-inch MacBook models specifically that were sold between September 2015 and February 2017 in June of this year, according to USA Today. So =if you have a MacBook that is not of that size or purchased after February 2017, you'll still be able to pack your laptop without coming across any trouble with TSA.
This ban is following the FAA PackSafe regulations that clearly state: “If a product that is dangerous goods or that contains a dangerous goods component (e.g., battery) is subject to a safety recall related to the dangerous goods, it must not be carried aboard an aircraft or in baggage unless the recalled product/component has been replaced or repaired or otherwise made safe per manufacturer/vendor instructions.”
Because of this recent stoppage, Apple is working on replacing all affected models with newer batteries that abide by FAA and TSA regulations. If you are one who needs to get a battery pack upgrade, you can get that done at any Apple retailer or Apple store free of charge.
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