So the holiday season is fully upon us, and with that comes a massive amount of travel. And, just in time, the Department of Transportation recently announced that a new Federal rule has been passed, stating that airline passengers and crew members will no longer be able to pack electronic cigarettes, of any variation into their checked luggage. This includes standard electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, e-hookahs, dry herb vaporizers, mods, or any other variety of electronic nicotine delivery systems. So if you’re planning on hitting the skies for holiday travel, you best have an alternate plan for your gear!
This e-cigarette regulation comes as a precaution, as the Department of Transportation states there have been several occurrences of electronic cigarette items catching fire recently, and such fire hazards concerning air travel in checked luggage are an immense danger. Citing two dozen instances where e-cigarettes were related to fires or explosions, since 2009, including several occurring in checked luggage, they felt it was an imminent threat requiring action. This measure went into immediate effect in November.
It should be noted that this new rule does not ban e-cigarettes outright from being carried on aircraft, however. Passengers may continue to hold electronic cigarettes/ electronic nicotine delivery systems in their carry-on luggage or in their pockets, but they may not be used or charged during flights.
So what does this mean for holiday air travel and e-cigs? Easy: don’t pack your e-cigs into your checked luggage! We’ve suggested this for a long time due to not being able to have control over your luggage once it is checked, and if items are considered suspicious, you will not be able to stop airlines from tossing them. On the positive, this added safety measure comes with proper education and precaution; when it comes to airline safety, it’s always best to cover all bases. Safe travels, everyone!