FAA warns airlines on fire hazard due to e-cigarettes in checked luggageStaff 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.
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 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. ■