US government bans usage of e-cigarettes on airline flights

US government bans usage of e-cigarettes on airline flights

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The government of the US has ordered that the electronic cigarettes will be prohibited on any domestic or foreign airline that fly to, from or within the United States. The news was announced in a statement by the Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Foxx said, “This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes”. However, the department has prohibited the smoking of cigarettes and other products based on tobacco on the planes. Regulations were issued on March 2, 2016 which have been designed to emit any confusion if the previous existing ban had actually included e-cigarettes.
The passengers will be allowed to carry e-cigarettes on the plane but will be allowed to charge their batteries during the flight. The Federal Aviation Administration has also prohibited the passengers from packing e-cigarettes in their checked luggage under an interim final regulation that was adopted in 2015 by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
The e-cigarettes have in the past set suitcases on fire. Recently, Hawaiian airlines said that one of its flights had to make an emergency landing after an e-cigarette that was illegally put in a checked bag forced the captain to activate the plane’s fire-suspension system.

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