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DOT Bans E-Cigarettes From Checked Baggage

June 21st, 2016 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Industry News, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

In its continuing efforts to improve transportation safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration recently issued a final rule which prohibits passengers and crewmembers from carrying battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, personal vaporizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems) in checked baggage and prohibits passengers and crewmembers from charging the devices and/or batteries on board an aircraft.

Passengers may continue to carry e-cigarettes for personal use in carry-on baggage or on their person, but may not use them on flights. The Department’s regulatory ban on the smoking of tobacco products on passenger flights already included the use of electronic cigarettes. Nevertheless, to prevent passenger or crewmember confusion, the Department has amended its existing airline smoking rule to explicitly ban the use of e-cigarettes aboard aircraft.

The final rule does not prohibit a passenger from carrying other devices containing batteries for personal use (e.g., laptop computers, cell phones, cameras, etc.) in checked or carry-on baggage, nor does it restrict a passenger from transporting batteries for personal use in carry-on baggage.

An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that simulates tobacco smoking by producing a heated vapor, which resembles smoke.

The final rule is effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. For a copy of the final rule, click here or see Federal Register notice on page 8 of this newsletter.

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