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EASA follows ICAO, FAA advise on fire risk of electronic cigarettes in checked baggage
8 April 2015

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) follows ICAO and the U.S. FAA in advising airlines to require passengers to carry e-cigarettes and related devices solely in the aircraft cabin for fire safety reasons.

Several incidents were reported to ICAO and the FAA involving electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) overheating by way of their heating element being accidentally activated resulting in a fire in checked baggage. ICAO is considering an amendment for the 2015-2016 Edition of Doc 9284 (Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods By Air). Pending that amendment, ICAO has issued a bulletin in December 2014 to all Member States that describes the risks of carrying e-cigarettes and contains a recommendation to Member States in this regard. Prompted by this, the FAA issued a Safety Alert For Operators in January 2015.

EASA recommends aircraft operators to require passengers to carry e-cigarettes in the cabin, where an incident can be immediately mitigated, and not in their checked baggage. Aircraft operators are encouraged to communicate their e-cigarette policy to passengers through any means already used to inform passengers about dangerous goods and related company policies.

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