Certain models of Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops have been banned on flights by US airline safety regulators amid fears the laptops could overheat and pose a fire risk, according to reports.
The specific models affected are 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement that it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops,” adding that major US airlines had been alerted.
Apple previously issued a recall of the laptops in June this year. According to the company, the laptops are perfectly safe once the batteries are replaced with new ones.
In Europe, the EU Aviation Safety Agency has also warned airlines about flying with the same MacBook Pro models on board.
Additionally, four airlines – TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy and Air Transat – have banned the MacBook Pros from being flown as cargo, Bloomberg reported.
The ban follows several incidents in 2016 involving Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The phone was banned from flights around the world after several incidents in which its battery exploded.