E-cigarettes pose danger on planes, to be banned in checked baggage

E-cigarettes pose danger on planes, to be banned in checked baggage

(NBC NEWSCHANNEL) A new federal rule forbids airline passengers from packing electronic cigarettes or other battery-operated smoking devices in their checked bags to protect against in-flight fires.

The U.S. Transportation Department says there is evidence that e-cigarettes can overheat and cause fires when the heating element is accidentally activated or left on.

The rule still allows e-cigarettes in carry-on bags, but passengers cannot recharge the devices while on the plane.

The rule goes into effect within the next two weeks.

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