A new federal Department Of Transportation ruling forbids airline passengers from packing e-cigarettes or other battery-operated electronic smoking devicesbattery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems) in their checked bags to protect against in-flight fires.
The rule still allows e-cigarettes and vapes in carry-on bags, but passengers cannot recharge the devices while on the plane.
The Department of Transportation stated that there have been about 26 incidents since 2009 in which e-cigarettes that have caused explosions or fires, including several in which the devices were packed in checked luggage. According to the reports, usually this has been caused by units that have been accidentally left on or when the battery has short-circuited.
According to the report…
On August 9, 2014, at Boston’s Logan Airport, an e-cigarette contained in a passenger’s checked bag in the cargo hold of a passenger aircraft caused a fire that forced an evacuation of the aircraft
On January 4, 2015, at Los Angeles International Airport, a checked bag that arrived late and missed its connecting flight was found to be on fire in a baggage area. Emergency responders attributed the fire to an overheated e-cigarette inside the bag.
The ruling, which can be viewed in full here, goes into effect within the next two weeks.