The battery of an electronic device in poor condition can be dangerous, generating explosions or fires. Therefore, it is logical that you have to take precautions on airplanes, so closed environments in which an incident of this nature could have severe consequences.
Last June Apple made a voluntary appeal for a Battery replacement program on the 15-inch MacBook Pro sold between September 2015 and February 2017. Apparently, their batteries were defective and could overheat, to the point of exploding.
During that period of time, it is estimated that about 432,000 MacBook Pro were sold in the United States They were fit for battery replacement. In Canada the figure was lower, about 26,000 units. Regarding Europe, it has not yet been possible to reach a more or less specific number. Given this, the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States has prohibited travel with models susceptible to failure of this laptop.
The FAA has reminded the airlines to comply with the 2016 safety regulations for batteries recalled
At the beginning of August, the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) has already contacted the airlines operating in the continent to warn about the MacBook Pro affected models. In addition, he reminded them that they should follow the 2017 safety regulations on the removal of lithium-ion batteries from the market. must be turned off and not used during flights.
Now, a few days after that announcement, the United States Federal Aviation Administration has banned traveling with the affected MacBook Pro for posing a security risk during air travel. In a statement, the FAA says that it is aware of the matter and has already alerted the main airlines of the US country about the problem.
As a measure to prevent incidents, according to Bloomberg, the 2016 safety regulations for products with batteries recalled will be followed. Due to this rule passengers are prevented from traveling with a defective MacBook Pro, neither in the cabin luggage nor in the invoiced as cargo.
Although there have been accidents with devices that catch fire due to overheating in airplanes, they have never reached the point of producing a large-scale fire because calls can be quickly extinguished with water and the flight staff is trained to control situations like that. This situation reminds of what happened a few years ago with the Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung, a smartphone that was also banned during flights.
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