Do you travel with electronic cigarettes? If you do, U.S airlines warn you to be careful about how you pack them.
In a recent blog post, Southwest Airlines told customers not to pack e-cigarettes in checked baggage. “E-cigarettes are designed to operate by creating heat, and if the power source is not guarded, it could cause it to inadvertently ignite causing a fire,” Southwest said. The FAA warned airlines of the danger back in January, not long after a checked bag on the ground at LAX caught fire, according to USA Today. There was also an incident in April with a US Airways Express fought operated by Air Wisconsin.
According to the post, Southwest has seen an increase this year in “events and incidents involving … lithium batteries.”
Here is Southwest’s policy for all lithium batteries:
- The battery can remain installed but must be placed in carryon baggage or carried on your person only. The item cannot be used onboard the aircraft.
- Spare batteries must be protected from short circuit and carried in carryon baggage or on your person only.