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FAA warns airlines on fire hazard due to e-cigarettes in checked luggage

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Staff writer ▼ | January 24, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a warning to commercial airlines, suggesting that they advice passengers to put e-cigarettes in cabin baggage only instead of checked-in luggage due to potential fire risk.
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Warning   To put e-cigarettes in cabin baggage
The FAA revealed two incidents since August that resulted in fires that were started by e-cigarettes in checked luggage.
The FAA released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) making U.S. air carriers aware of the recent bulletin from the ICAO that described several incidents associated with e-cigarettes.

The e-cigarettes in the checked luggage have overheated or caught fire when the heating element was accidentally activated. E-cigarettes often use lithium batteries to heat liquid nicotine into an inhaled vapor.

The FAA revealed two such incidents since August that resulted in fires that were started by e-cigarettes in checked luggage. ICAO has recommended a ban on the devices in checked baggage.

An e-cigarette caused a fire in August in the checked luggage of a JetBlue flight in Boston, which forced the plane's evacuation. Later, a bag that missed its flight is said to have burst into flames in the baggage area of Los Angeles International Airport on January 4 due to an overheated e-cigarette.


 

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