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Flying for business? Don’t take (some models) of 15-inch MacBook Pro

This isn’t a good look. The Federal Aviation Authority has banned certain models of 15-inch MacBook Pros from flights due to a previously disclosed battery risk.

What’s happening?

It’s important to stress that not every MacBook Pro is affected, but models sold between mid-2015 to February 2017 are impacted.

These are the same Macs Apple issued a voluntary recall for earlier this year, warning that they may “contain a battery that may overheat and pose a fire safety risk”.

As part of the recall, Apple is offering free battery replacement for these models. You can check if your Mac is part of this recall on an Apple support page here.

If you are travelling with a MacBook Pro you should check if it is prescribed before you travel – it is important to note that Apple claims just 26 Macs were affected by the problem.

Which airlines are currently affected?

An FAA advisory is frequently adopted by other air traffic regulators and at present you should not attempt to fly with an affected model on the following airlines:

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