The debate on the effects of electronic cigarettes to human health may still be ongoing, but a recent airline incident may lead to the controversial item being labelled a “flight hazard”.
According to a New York Times report, a bag that heated up inside an Embraer 190 passenger plane at the Logan International Airport in Boston was traced to an e-cigarette inside the bag. Because of this, officials of the airport are now calling on the Transportation Department to include the e-cigarette as a hazard in flights.
Massachusetts Port Authority aviation chief Ed Freni expressed his sentiments on the hazards that the lithium-ion battery-powered cigarettes carry on flight. “The more you see these type of items sold out there, the more our industry has to take a closer look at them, as we’ve done with other hazardous materials,” Freni said.
Although reports are unclear whether the bag caught on fire, passengers were evacuated out of the plane. All checked-in bags were inspected, and the hot bag was sprayed with a fire extinguisher.
Many previous studies have looked into the dangers of e-cigarettes, with some saying that continued use of the electronic variants does not discourage people from kicking the habit. This new incident lists another risk factor for e-cigarettes: lithium-ion batteries.
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