E-cigarettes have been banned on commercial flights to and from the United States, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced.
The rule applies to both U.S. and foreign airlines, Reuters reports.
“This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “The department took a practical approach to eliminate any confusion between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes by applying the same restrictions to both.”
The rule is backed by major airline, pilot, flight attendant and public health organizations, the article notes.
While no U.S. airline allows e-cigarette use, the DOT said some charter flights may have allowed them. The regulation states, “We believe that without a clear, uniform regulation, some carriers may feel free to adopt policies that allow the use of e cigarettes onboard aircraft.”
The DOT said it...