MAS bans e-cigarettes from check-in luggage

MAS bans e-cigarettes from check-in luggage

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) passengers will now have to hand-carry their electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and not put them in their check-in baggage, following a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety alert.

However, this ruling does not alter the longstanding no-smoking rule in the passenger cabin.

The airline in a statement on Monday said that the new directive followed a safety alert by the FAA, recommending that airline operators ensure all passengers carry e-cigarettes exclusively in the aircraft's cabin.

"Following recent fire incidents involving e-cigarettes, the FAA issued a safety alert recommending all airline operators to ensure e-cigarettes (also called personal vaporisers or electronic nicotine delivery) be carried by passengers exclusively in the cabin of the aircraft and not in checked baggage.

"Carriage of e-cigarettes in the passenger cabin addresses this safety risk by ensuring that if an incident does occur, it can be immediately identified and mitigated," MAS said.

Recently, an overheated e-cigarette sparked a fire in a piece of luggage at the Los Angeles International Airport.

In September last year, a plane at the Logan Airport in Boston had to be evacuated after an e-cigarette in a passenger's bag caught fire in the cargo hold of the aircraft.

The incidents prompted the FAA to release the latest advisory.

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