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FAA to airlines: e-cigarettes in checked bags are fire risk
24 January 2015

The U.S. FAA issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO), recommending U.S. airlines to require passengers to carry e-cigarettes and related devices solely in the aircraft cabin for fire safety reasons.

On August 9, 2014, at Boston’s Logan Airport, an e-cigarette contained in a passenger’s checked bag in the cargo hold of a JetBlue Embraer 190 aircraft caused a fire that forced an evacuation of the aircraft.

Because of similar incidents in other countries, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) issued a bulletin in December 2014 which encourages airlines to communicate this new policy to passengers as widely as possible through their websites, press releases, at ticket purchase, during the check-in process and by other established means to inform passengers about hazardous materials regulations and policies.

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