(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Transportation has banned e-cigarettes in checked baggage on airplanes.
On Monday, the DOT sent out a bulletin saying that the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration along with the Federal Aviation Administration had prohibited “the carriage of battery powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g. e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems) in checked baggage.”
This rule would also apply to chargers for the devices, according to the bulletin.
Passengers will still be able to carry-on their e-cigarettes, but they are not allowed to use them onboard planes.
The ban comes after a few luggage fires that were caused by electronic cigarettes in checked baggage.
In 2014, an e-cigarette that was in a flight’s cargo-hold at Boston’s Logan Airport sparked a fire and led to an evacuation of the aircraft.
In January this year at Los Angeles International Airport, another e-cigarette overheated and caused a bag that had missed its flight and was waiting in the baggage area to catch fire.
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