Last week, something fairly alarming picked up notice in the press just as the 2019 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition was winding up in Columbus, Ohio: The Federal Aviation Administration warned that some of the most widely used laptops in the field might not be able to make the trip home.
Specifically, the FAA suggested that some MacBook Pros that were part of a recent recall—roughly half a million devices with specific serial codes produced between the years 2015 and 2017—could not fly. Imagine being at a conference and finding out that news a few hours before you’re supposed to fly out.
If you’re a close follower of travel rules and regulations, the FAA’s move isn’t actually much of a surprise. It’s part of a policy [PDF] it announced roughly three years ago, during the mass recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 over similar battery issues. If a device has a battery that has been subject to a recall, it can’t fly unless the battery has been replaced—simple as that.
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