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FAA bans defective 15-inch MacBook Pros from US flights

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned certain 15-inch MacBook Pro models from US flights.

The devices affected are the same Apple laptops subject to a worldwide MacBook Pro recall as of June, on account of faulty battery units prone to overheating.

In a statement, the FAA said it was "aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops" and was working with airlines to enforce the ban, which applies to both cabin and hold baggage.

Can I travel with my MacBook Pro?

Probably, but it's worth checking first.

The product affected is Apple's mid-2015 Macbook Pro with Retina Display, which was sold “primarily” between September 2015 and February 2017.

"In a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk," Apple commented when it announced the recall in June.

If your laptop is one of the unlucky few, we do have some good news for you.

You might not be able to take your MacBook Pro on your next flight, but you are entitled to a free battery replacement from Apple. 

This could take up to two weeks, but will give your machine a new lease on life, as batteries are one of the first laptop components to degrade over time.

To find out if your device is no longer deemed airworthy, simply head to Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program support page and enter your device's serial number here.

A technology journalist with nearly 10 years of experience, James is the former News and Features Editor at Trusted Reviews, and has also served as regional Editor of Lifehacker. His articles have been spotted on sites ranging from The Sun to InStyle, but his true love is shiny things and the story behind them. An avid golfer in his spare time, you'll also regularly catch him hovering over the BBQ listening to Pearl Jam.