Like easing your nerves of a stressful flight by vaping during your trip? Well, you can kiss vaping at 36,000-feet goodbye because e-cigarettes are now illegal on flights.
Duncan Hunter, a representative from California, showed his displeasure to the then proposed law to ban vaping on planes by vaping in Congress.
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Despite the congressman’s bravado, the U.S. Department of Transportation has banned the use of electronic cigarettes or vape pens on commercial flights. The new law applies to all scheduled flights in, to, and from the United States.
The DoT states that the new rule was enacted to protect passengers from the potentially harmful aerosol fumes, particularly young children, the elderly and those with respiratory issues. The didn’t even get to the point that some e-cigarettes turn into mini bombs and can explode without notice as seen here, here, here, and here.
There was already a no smoking rule already in place for tobacco products, but this new law will now specifically includes electronic cigarettes as well. Besides commercial flights, the new ban also includes charter aircraft where a flight attendant is a member of the crew.
Back in October, the Federal Aviation Administration prohibited battery-powered smoking devices in checked bags and charging those gadgets while on board.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx commented on the ban:
“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. The Department took a practical approach to eliminate any confusion between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes by applying the same restrictions to both.”
First hoverboards were banned on planes, and now vaping. So what if a few blowup while you’re in a pressurized cabin in the sky. So much for “land of the free.”