There’s now one more thing to add to your to-do list when packing for airplane travel. The FAA has recently sent out a warning that e-cigs are a fire hazard and should not be packed in checked luggage. Although each airport gets to decide whether to follow FAA recommendations, most usually do.
Over the past few months, the FAA says there have been two fires that are believed to have been started by e-cigs. One incident occurred at Boston’s Logan Airport in August of last year, and another happened in January at Los Angeles International Airport.
“These incidents and several others occurring outside of air transportation have shown that e-cigarettes can overheat and cause fires when the heating element is accidentally activated or left on,” FAA officials said, according to news sources.
The FAA warning specifically refers to luggage that is packed in the cargo area of the plane. For now, a passenger can still bring their electronic cigarette in their carry-on luggage.
“The danger from e-cigarettes may increase when users modify them or substitute after-market components, such as batteries and heating elements,” the FAA stated in the press release.
More than 2.5 million Americans are now using e-cigs. Ray Story, spokesman for the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, says these electronic devices should not be a problem as long as people pack them properly in static free packaging. However, it is impossible to guarantee that everyone will pack their e-cig properly.
Whether you’re a veteran vaper, or considering e-cigs for the first, safety for you and those around you is critically important. You can find more information on how to vape safely in our knowledge center.
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