If you are the proud owner of a 15” MacBook Pro issued between September 2015 and February 2017 you may no longer be able to fly with your device. Don’t worry, you are not alone. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 460,000 units, of which, 26,000 were sold in Canada are affected. Earlier this month the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ban on select laptops and alerted all US airlines of their recommendations. The statement recommended banning the devices from both the cargo hold and the overhead luggage bins. Basically, a NO-FLY ruling.
Prior to the FAA announcement, Apple issued a voluntary recall after learning that some of their lithium batteries in the older generation 15-inch Mac Pros were overheating and creating a fire safety hazard. In a written statement, Apple expressed concern over customer safety and promised to replace all affected batteries free of charge.
Wondering if you are eligible for a replacement battery? Locate your serial number and submit to Apple via this link. When approved, you will be directed to either an Apple Service Provider or an Apple Retail Store.
Remember to backup your data before you take your laptop in for servicing. Need help? Contact RW Networks Inc. for laptop advice and be sure to check with your airline for a list of what you can and cannot take on a flight.