E-cigarettes banned on flights

Passengers on all international flights to America will be banned from using electronic cigarettes under a new American Federal law which will come into effect on April 3.

Some individual airlines have already banned e-cigarettes because of the fire risk they pose but the new regulation applies to passengers on all American and foreign aircraft whether they whether they are flying into or out of the United States.

Although in 2014 an e-cigarette in a passenger’s luggage started a small fire at Logan International Airport the new ban was only introduced after widespread news reports in America of the devices exploding recently in Florida and Kentucky.

Politician Edward Markey, a supporter of the new ban said: “A passenger up in the skies shouldn’t have to worry about the cabin going up in smoke because an e-cigarette has sparked a fire.”