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UN agency bans e-cigarettes from checked baggage on airline flights

Quote "The Canadian Press
Published Monday, June 15, 2015 3:52PM EDT

MONTREAL - Airline passengers around the world are now banned from carrying e-cigarettes in checked baggage because of risks that the heating elements will catch fire.

The International Civil Aviation Organization says it has amended rules governing the transportation of dangerous goods to prohibit both
passengers and crew from putting e-cigarettes and other battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices in checked bags. The change also bars recharging the devices in aircraft cabins.

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The Montreal-based ICAO says several incidents have been reported where heating elements were accidentally activated and resulted in fires

The aviation agency recommended in December that airlines take action and require passengers to carry the devices in the airplane cabin, but has only now adopted a formal amendment to its technical instructions. Air Canada and WestJet already prohibited e-cigarettes in checked bags and their use on board.
The Canadian Press" Unquote.

FAA Warns E-Cigarettes a Fire Danger in Checked Airline Bags

Quote "Bloomberg
Airline passengers should add electronic cigarettes to the list of items that canít be stored in their checked luggage.

Airline passengers should add electronic cigarettes to the list of items that canít be stored in their checked luggage.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which already bans flammables and explosives in checked baggage, is now warning airlines about the fire risk from e-cigarettes. While the safety alert issued Friday is voluntary, typically most airlines follow such guidance.


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E-cigarettes mainly use lithium cells to heat liquid nicotine into a vapor, and the FAA advisory is the latest to point out the dangers of such battery-powered devices. It cited two recent fires started by e-cigarettes, including one in the cargo hold of a plane at Bostonís Logan Airport in August and a Jan. 4 incident where luggage sitting in the baggage area at Los Angeles International Airport burst into flames.

ďThese 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,Ē the agency said in the alert.

The FAA stopped short of banning the items in carry-on luggage, saying that if a fire were to break out in the passenger cabin, it would be spotted and extinguished faster than if it were in the cargo hold.

The action follows a Dec. 10 warning on e-cigarettes by the United Nationsí International Civil Aviation Organization. Several incidents have been reported and the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel is considering possible action, according to its warning.

The Air Line Pilots Association, the largest flight-crew union in North America, said in an e-mailed statement the advisory didnít go far enough. All lithium batteries should be banned from airline cargo holds, ALPA said.

ďALPA has a long standing vocal opposition to the carriage of lithium metal batteries, such as those contained in e-cigarettes, in the aircraft cargo hold,Ē it said.

E-cigarettes are a relatively new phenomenon, ballooning from one manufacturer in 2005 to a $3 billion industry with more than 460 brands by 2013, according to the World Health Organization. Large tobacco companies have begun to embrace the niche product, which has been marketed as a safer and more tolerable way to smoke. The U.S. and European Union are the biggest markets.

Fire Incidents
The safety alert, while voluntary, can be issued faster than if the FAA opted to issue new regulations. Most airlines, which are heavily regulated by the FAA for safety, follow such guidance. Carriers are reviewing the alert, Airlines for America, the industryís Washington-based trade group, said in an e-mail.

Smoking traditional cigarettes on flights isnít allowed in the U.S. The Transportation Department in 2011 proposed also banning use of e-cigarettes. The final rule is scheduled to be released on April 30, according to the agencyís calendar of rulemaking. Individual airlines already can and do prohibit them.

The FAA has logged at least 47 instances of fires or overheating batteries aboard passenger and cargo carriers around the world since 2009. Of those, at least 39 began in a lithium battery, according to the FAA. The danger from e-cigarettes may increase when users modify them or substitute after-market components, such as batteries and heating elements, the FAA said in a press release.

In the Los Angeles airport fire, the flight had departed without the bag so the fire didnít occur during flight. On Aug. 9, a plane at Logan International Airport had to be evacuated after an e-cigarette caught fire inside a checked bag that had been loaded, the FAA said in the alert.

In addition to the incidents listed in the alert, the agency has reported two other instances of fires triggered by e-cigarettes since 2009. A JetBlue Airways Corp. employee discovered smoke coming from a passengerís bag on Aug. 14 and found an e-cigarette was burning, according to the FAA. Bloomberg" Unquote.

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