Some MacBooks banned from US flights over battery fire risk

Certain models of the MacBook Pro have been banned from flights in the United States over fears their batteries may overheat and pose a fire risk.

Apple recalled some of the 15-inch variants of the 2015 edition of its popular laptop earlier this summer, affecting those sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

The tech giant said the devices "may overheat and pose a safety risk" and asked people to stop using them, and they will now not be allowed to be taken on planes in the US unless the battery has been replaced.

The US Federal Aviation Administration said it was advising airlines to adhere to its safety rules regarding products with recalled batteries, meaning they cannot be placed in carry-on luggage or in the cargo hold.

It comes after similar guidelines issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, which advised owners of the laptops to seek a replacement battery from Apple.

Apple said at the time of the recall that affected customers could get a new battery free of charge, and advised people to visit its website and enter their product serial number to find out if their MacBook was faulty.

Four European airlines with the same cargo operations manager implemented their own bans on the laptops this week, according to an internal notice seen by Bloomberg.

Total Cargo Expertise reportedly wrote to employees to say those affected would no longer be allowed on flights operated by Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, Air Transat and TUI Group Airlines.

Staff will remind passengers at the gate and before take-off.

The ban echoes one handed down to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone back in 2016 , which was barred from flights, recalled and eventually ceased production after widespread reports its batteries were catching fire and exploding.

The South Korean firm said at the time that its profits would take a £4.3bn hit from costs associated with its failed device, but it has since bounced back and last week unveiled its highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 10 range .