Apple announced in June a voluntary recall and replacement program for 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold between September 2015 and February 2017, as these models may contain batteries that can overheat and pose a fire hazard.
In a statement to Bloomberg the Federal Aviation Administration announced that large US airlines were informed of the recall and instructed to follow guidelines for recalled goods.
This means that affected Apple laptops that did not receive replacement batteries are not allowed as cargo or carry-on luggage on flights. This is the standard procedure.
Earlier this month, the European Aviation Safety Agency also warned European airlines to shut down MacBook Pro models and not use them during the flight.
Four cargo airlines, including TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy and Air Transat, have introduced bans designed to prevent the laptops from being brought into aircraft as cargo.
"Please note that the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop, which was sold between mid-2015 and February 2017, is banned on board our mandate holders," wrote a TCE Operations Coordinator the employees.
TUI Group Airlines, based in the United Kingdom, plans to make communications about affected MacBook Pro models at the gate and before launch, but laptops with replaced batteries are not affected. There is no word as to whether similar announcements will be made at US airports and other airports worldwide.
Apple has asked customers with a 15-inch MacBook (Mid 2015) to stop using their computers until they can take the necessary steps to replace their batteries. Users with a 2015 MacBook Pro can enter their Mac's serial number on the recall program's website to see if a replacement battery is required for their device.
Apple has been offering free replacement batteries since June and has sent emails to affected customers asking them to send their MacBook Pro models for repair. 2015 Machines that have a fresh battery are allowed in aircraft as usual.
15-inch 2015 MacBook Pro models with defective batteries can overheat and catch fire. Approximately 432,000 potentially affected MacBook Pro units were sold in the US and 26,000 in Canada.