Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned these kind of laptops. However, I will fly from Munich to London, and at a later date from Munich to Athens. FAA is a USA organisation though, which makes me wonder:

Is the Macbook Pro 2015 laptop allowed in flights across the European Union?

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    Apple has a recall out on this model's battery. That means Apple will fix it for free, and it also means you should really, really let them fix it. Otherwise you're walking around with a bomb. Forget the airplane, it could burn down your house! Just get it fixed... Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 5:30
  • @Harper, will replacing the battery change whether he can take the laptop on a plane?
    – Carsten S
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 10:16
  • @Harper At least I hope this ticking time bomb was affordable! Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 11:29
  • @Haeper thanks for the information! Downvoter: if you think my question can be improved, please let me know. An friend of mine got into trouble with his Mac when flying with Transavia, so I thought it would be a good idea to ask... As the answers suggest too!
    – gsamaras
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 12:10
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    @AleksandrDubinsky All a traveler can do is carry the receipt from the work, or, perhaps, a scan of the receipt document on a phone. I haven't heard of the public distribution of a "repaired" database, and given the volume of travelers who carry laptops, reference to a database, even if available, is unlikely to be practical. Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 14:07

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Lufthansa has made a statement about this:

Information on the carriage of Apple MacBooks

Apple has recalled certain 15 inch models of Macbook Pro laptops sold between 2015 and 2017 as a result of a battery defect. If the battery of those specific recalled models were not replaced by the manufacturer, the passenger will not be able to carry the laptop on board the aircraft. Lufthansa is following a safety directive from the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) which has been in force since February 2017. It prohibits the transportation of defective lithium batteries or those affected by a recall. Lufthansa crews are carefully trained in handling lithium batteries.

Aegean has published no statement on this, so as mentioned in the other answer, presumably this is allowed.

  • It's called Aegean, from the sea between Minor Asia and Mainland of Greece, named after Aegeus, the father of Theseus, who jumped into the sea from Sounion, when he saw the Black sails on his son's ship, who had gone to kill Minotaur. Theseus had indeed succeeded in that, but ecstasied from happiness, forgot to change his sails from black to white - and thus his father thought he was killed, just like all the rest who fought against Minotaur. (That myth as a thank you gesture for your answer).
    – gsamaras
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 12:15
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    Any information on how to prove (or if/what proof is needed) that the battery has been exchanged? Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 12:44
  • @MarkJohnson Looks like it'd be OK on the Lufthansa segment as shown in Daniil's answer. Carrying a physical receipt for the work (or a scan on one's phone) is the only thing I can imagine being done by the passenger. Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 14:21

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