Feds Ban E-Cigarettes on Checked Airline Baggage Citing Fire Threats

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

The rule still allows e-cigarettes in carry-on bags, but passengers cannot recharge the devices while on the plane.  The Transportation Department said there have been at least 26 incidents since 2009 in which e-cigarettes have caused explosions or fires, including several in which the devices were packed in luggage. Usually, they have been accidentally left on or the battery has short-circuited.

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