Some MacBook lovers may have to leave their beloved laptop at home while traveling via flights. Due to the fire hazards posed by lithium batteries, the Aviation Board banned chosen Apple laptops from flights. Unless their battery is replaced and Apple considers them safe, the prohibited MacBook Pro will not be permitted in checked-in luggage nor in hand luggage.
The Aviation Board said the old version of the Apple MacBook could heat up to a level that could cause a fire hazard. Apple considered this declaration and noted about the safety hazard. On their official website, The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) placed up a security warning and requested travelers not to carry their Mac in flights as a precaution.
Apple found that a restricted number of earlier variants of MacBook Pro had a battery problem, causing the Mac to heat up and address a security risk. The affected units sold poses a danger which was sold from September 2015 to February 2017.
Why is DGCA Concerned about MacBook pro in flights
The DGCA is afraid because these days the lithium-ion batteries that are so common in computers and can be very volatile. The battery can expand, leak and capture flame or even burst if it is damaged. These dangers are magnified a thousand times in an aircraft cabin’s limits.
Considering the severity of the issue, Apple has voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries from the Apple MacBook Pro and identify all the defective Mac with the serial numbers which were sold primarily between September 2015 to February 2017.
How to know if your MacBook’s battery needs to be replaced?
To figure out whether your Mac is affected or not, select ‘About this Mac’ from the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen. If it says ‘MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)’, then you proceed to the next step or else you’re safe.
If it does say the above, you need to register your Mac ‘ serial number ‘ on the Support Page of Apple. The serial number of MacBook Pro is listed in the ‘About this Mac’ page. If Apple suggests that your Mac is a part of the recall, stop using it and take it to an Apple-authorized service center to have the battery replaced. This replacement will be done free of cost.
Apple notes on its website “Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider to have your battery replaced. Your MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program. Service may take 1-2 weeks.”
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