‘Accidental’ fires in the baggage hold of airplanes has prompted new e-cigarette regulations prohibiting travellers from checking in with the alternative smoking device. In a statement from Montreal‚ the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) said it had amended the 2015-16 edition of its Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air‚ prohibiting passengers and crew from carrying e-cigarettes and other battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices in checked baggage.
The amendment also prohibits recharging the devices in aircraft cabins. “Several incidents have been reported involving e-cigarette heating elements being accidentally activated and resulting in fires in checked baggage‚” said Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu‚ ICAO’s council president.
ICAO said it first advised its member states of electronic smoking device safety issues in December 2014‚ when they were encouraged to recommend to airlines that their passengers be required to carry such devices in the cabin and not in checked baggage so that potential incidents could be immediately dealt with. The ban on e-cigarettes being transported in passengers’ checked-in luggage is applicable immediately. View full article
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