Tobacco Industry rejoices? LIAT prohibits carriage of e-cigarettes in checked luggage
Regional airline LIAT has announced that e-cigarettes are prohibited for carriage in checked luggage on the airline’s services effective immediately.
The FAA pointed to two recent incidents in the United States. In the first incident, e-cigarettes packed in a passenger’s checked bag in the cargo hold of a passenger aircraft caused a fire that forced an evacuation of the aircraft. In the second incident, a checked bag that had missed its flight was found to be on fire in a baggage area. Emergency responders attributed the fire to an overheated e-cigarette inside the bag.
Meanwhile, LIAT noted that airport security in the territories in which it operates have not yet confirmed a unified stance on the carriage of e-cigarettes in carry-on baggage. It is therefore recommended passengers should not carry e-cigarettes in their cabin baggage either, so they don’t lose their devices if the airport security decide to remove them.
Should airport security across the territories subsequently allow e-cigarettes to be carried on board flights, LIAT would review its current recommendation.