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FAA bans these MacBook Pro laptops. Here’s why

Apple’s recall is associated with a fire risk due to the lithium-ion batteries.

A customer checks out an Apple MacBook Pro on display in San Francisco. Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The Federal Aviation Administration has banned specific MacBook Pro laptops from all flights after Apple announced a recall, according to Business Insider.

Apple’s recall is associated with a fire risk due to the lithium-ion batteries.

The FAA said it is “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops” and reminded airlines to follow safety guidelines issued in 2016 about consumer electronics with recalled batteries.”

The laptops with the recalled batteries will not be allowed on flights, either as cargo or carry-on luggage. This only applies to affected MacBook Pros.

Do you qualify? According to Apple’s support page, “affected units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.” To check a specific MacBook Pro, head to Apple’s recall page and enter the serial number. To find the serial number, click the Apple symbol in the upper right corner and hit “About This Mac.”

The good news — Apple will immediately let you know if you battery needs to be replaced or if your MacBook is safe.

“If you’re heading on a trip, this seems like some vital information to know, unless you like the idea of TSA treating you like you’re carrying a very expensive — but outdated — explosive device,” according to Uproxx.