E-Cigarette Caught on Fire on Delta Flight – Should They Be Allowed On Board?

by Eric

Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) are battery-powered vaporizers that simulate the feeling of smoking. Some companies are concerned about the safety of e-cigarettes because they contain lithium ion batteries, which have been shown to ignite. This is a similar issue to the problems with hoverboard batteries that have resulted in every major US airline banning them on board.


Today, during the board process for Delta Airlines 689, a passenger’s bag ignited from an e-cigarette. The flight was traveling from Atlanta to St. Louis. Fortunately for everyone on board, the bag (and the fire) was extinguished without any damage to the aircraft. The flight was able to depart with only a 20 minute delay.


According to Delta Airlines, there were 166 passengers and crew on board the McDonnell Douglas MD90 aircraft at the time of the incident.  Delta’s baggage policy permits e-cigarettes on board its flights, as long as the passenger carries it on board. The only stipulation is that the passenger is not allowed to re-charge the e-cigarette on board the aircraft.

Do you think that passengers should be allowed to bring e-cigarettes on board aircraft?

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Ed Collins March 18, 2016 - 8:56 am

Absolutely. My wife and I use these instead of smoking. I have been quit for over 6 years now, in part thanks to vaping. Whenever my wife and I travel, we make the effort to store our vapes (not e-cigarettes, they look NOTHING like a cigarette) properly. The batteries are removed and put into proper storage cases, the juice is put into quart sized zip lock bags with the tanks and other rbas (re-buildable atomizer). Everything is then stored in an accessible pocket of our carry-on.

All our equipment has removable batteries, is electronically regulated for safety, and can be 100% powered down and turned off. What probably happened was that this was a cheap “e-cigarette” that does not have removable batteries that was either left on, or was turned on by accident, and was set off, “fired” until the unit overheated and caught fire.


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