Electronic cigarettes, the hip alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, may pose a fire hazard when they are put in checked luggage on planes.
The International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the
The FAA warning cited an incident in August at Boston's Logan Airport where an e-cigarette in luggage in the cargo hold of a plane caused a fire that spurred an airplane evacuation on the tarmac.
This month an e-cigarette in a checked bag that had missed its flight from
"These incidents and several others occurring outside of air transportation have shown that e-cigarettes can overheat and cause fires when the heating element is accidentally activated or left on," the FAA said in its safety warning.
If an e-cigarette causes a fire in a carry-on bag, the FAA said the blaze can be extinguished faster than a fire in the cargo hold.
Airlines for America, the trade group for the nation's airlines, said in a statement that its members will "closely review the FAA safety alert."