Vaping and ecigarettes are officially banned from another area – on flights in the United States. The US Department of Transportation has officially banned the use of ecigarettes on commercial flights. The new restrictions specifically mention electronic cigarettes and vaping pens. The ban applies to all flights within the United States and international flights departing from or landing in the country.
Creating Clarity About Smoking Rules on Flights
The Department of Transportation views this decision as a cautionary approach to preventing potential hardship caused to other passengers. The ruling is also meant to clear up any confusion about whether or not current smoking bans include electronic cigarettes.
“We recognize that the industry has generally banned the use of electronic cigarettes on flights,” but added, “we believe that without a clear, uniform regulation, some carriers may feel free to adopt policies that allow the use of ecigarettes onboard aircraft,” said the Department of Transportation to Reuters.
While smoking has been banned for some time, this is the first instance of the DOT specifically banning ecigarettes. Therefore, the rules won’t likely have much of an impact on most airlines’ current policies.
“This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “The Department took a practical approach to eliminate any confusion between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes by applying the same restrictions to both.”
Airline passengers are also restricted from carrying battery powered ecigarettes in checked baggage and cannot charge their vaping devices while onboard.
Know the Rules Before Flying
To avoid any confusion, and to avoid any issues when checking in for your flight, make sure you are clear about the airline rules for the use and storage of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, especially when flying in the United States or other countries. The rules vary from country to country.