Authorities interpret regulations of tobacco products on planes to include electronic devices
A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, in this file photo taken August 7, 2015. The U.S. Transportation Department announced on Wednesday it has banned the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights. The rule applies to all scheduled flights by U.S. and foreign carriers involving transportation in, to and from the United States, the department said in a statement. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files,
02 of March 2016 19:06:25
WASHINGTON – Electronic cigarettes are prohibited on any domestic or foreign airline flying to, from or within the United States under a final rule the government issued Wednesday."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," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.The department has long prohibited the smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products on planes, and has interpreted that ban to include e-cigarettes. The regulations issued Wednesday are designed to eliminate any confusion over whether the previously existing ban actually included e-cigarettes, Foxx said.Passengers are allowed to carry e-cigarettes with them onto planes, but are not allowed to charge their batteries during flight.The Federal Aviation Administration also prohibits passengers from packing e-cigarettes in their checked luggage under an interim final regulation adopted last year by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which is part of the Transportation Department.
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."-Anthony Foxx. U.S. transportation secretary.