E-cigs should be carried in the cabin not in the baggage compartment, and protected from accidental activation by being kept away from flammable items such as perfume.
Lithium ion batteries can be found in a number of electronic devices such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and of course e-cigarettes. These batteries are flammable, hence if accidentally activated, by for example coming in contact with flammable liquids, they could easily catch on fire.
“It is important that airlines inform their passengers that large personal electronic devices should be carried in the passenger cabin whenever possible,” said the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week.
Necessary precautions to take when travelling with e-cigarettes
The EASA recommends that electronic devices operated with such batteries should be carried in the cabin, rather than in the baggage compartment. If any items that are too large to be carried in the cabin they should then be completely switched off, protected from accidental activation, packaged suitably to avoid damage, and kept away from flammable items such as perfume.
Additionally said the EASA, in the event that hand baggage needs to loaded in the baggage hold due to space constraints, passengers should be told to remove any spare batteries or e-cigarettes from these bags and carry them on their person.
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