This may seem like common sense: If your MacBook Pro with retina display for 2015 is a fire risk, you can't take it on a plane. But Bloomberg reports that the FAA is taking the extra step of explicitly banning selected recalled MacBook Pros from being brought on board as cargo or carriers – apparently singing out these devices as it did with the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7. phone .
However, in a statement to The Verge a FAA spokesman suggested that the actions here were actually quite routine – a reminder to the airlines that any device with a recalled lithium-based battery , including the MacBook Pro, is not allowed on airplanes:
The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops. In early July, we notified the airlines of the recall and informed the public. We issued reminders to continue following the recall instructions described in 2016 FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 16011, and provided information to the public on the FAA's Packsafe Web site: https://www.faa.gov/hazmat/packsafe/
It makes more sense because a specific ban on the MacBook Pro can be difficult to enforce, and the FAA's mentioned Safety Alert does not require any specific forms of enforcement.
Unlike Samsung's Note 7, which at least had some distinct design features to set it apart from other phones, there's no easy way to tell for a moment which laptops should be stopped: a 15-inch MacBook Pro 2015 which has a problematic recalled battery, looks like a 15 inch MacBook 2015 Pro that does not. In June, Apple said that only a limited number of devices were affected.
This is probably why Bloomberg writes that "It is unclear what effort, if any, will be made at US airports." But it also writes that at least one European conglomerate, TUI Group Airlines, will make specific announcements about the MacBook Pro "at the gate and before launch."
When we asked for comment, Apple directed us to the support page, where you can write in the serial number of your laptop to see if your computer is affected. Maybe there is something TSA can do about an airport view, but it seems like it's a lot.
Update, 21:08 PM ET: Added FAA statement, suggesting that MacBook Pro is not necessarily designated here.