DOT Bans E-Cigarettes from Checked Luggage on Flights

By Paul Riegler on 29 October 2015
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DSC_0482 (1)The U.S. Department of Transportation Thursday announced it was banning battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices in checked luggage.

The ban covers e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, personal vaporizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems. E-cigarettes and their ilk are battery-powered devices that produce a heated vapor that simulates smoking a cigarette.

The move follows an Safety Alert for Operators issued in January that recommended that airlines require crew members and passengers to carry electronic smoking devices only in the cabin of the aircraft. In June, the International Civil Aviation Organization prohibited the carriage of these devices in checked baggage and further restricted the charging of such devices while on board an aircraft.

“E-cigarettes in checked bags can catch fire during transport,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement.

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