According to a Bloomberg is reporting the FAA firmly banned select recalled MacBook Pros from being carried on a plane as cargo. So if you thought bringing a 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display onboard was a good idea, think twice.
Since the report, the FAA stated that it didn’t exclusively ban the recalled MacBook Pro, but confirmed an existing ban on recalled batteries.
Moreover, an FAA spokesperson stated for The Verge, that this was just a reminder for airlines to keep a close eye on any device with a recalled lithium-based battery, which is not safe on the flight.
“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. We issued reminders to continue to follow instructions about recalls outlined in the 2016 FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 16011, and provided information provided to the public on FAA’s Packsafe website: https://www.faa.gov/hazmat/packsafe/“
However, it is hard to say right away which laptops should be banned as a 15-inch 2015 MacBook Pro that has a problematic recalled battery has a very similar design of a 15-inch 2015 MacBook Pro that doesn’t.
On this note, Bloomberg writes that “It’s unclear what efforts will, if any, be made at U.S. airports”, highlighting thatmTUI Group Airlines will make sure to inform passengers about the MacBook Pro “at the gate and before takeoff.”