How to avoid the MacBook Pro flight ban

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An increasing number of airlines worldwide are banning passengers from travelling with a MacBook Pro, following fears about fire risks. Given that it's one of the best laptops for graphic design right now, this is going to pose a problem for many jet-setting creatives. In this article, we explain everything you should know about the MacBook Pro flight ban, including how to know whether or not you will be affected, and how to travel safely with your Apple laptop in tow.

First up, how did the ban come about? In June 2019, Apple spotted a potential fault in the batteries of certain MacBook Pros that could cause them to overheat, posing a safety risk. It asked owners of certain 15-inch MacBook Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017 to return their machines for a battery replacement.

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Ruth Hamilton

Ruth spent a couple of years as Deputy Editor of Creative Bloq, and has also either worked on or written for almost all of the site's former and current print titles, from Computer Arts to ImagineFX. She now spends her days reviewing mattresses and hiking boots as the Outdoors and Wellness editor at, but continues to write about design on a freelance basis in her spare time.