Federal authorities are cracking down on dangerous materials on airplanes — and the latest target is the electronic cigarette.

A new federal rule forbids passengers on all airlines in the U.S. from packing electronic cigarettes or other battery-operated electronic smoking devices in their checked bags to protect against in-flight fires.

The rule still allows e-cigarettes in carry-on bags, so travelers who use the devices have that option. However, passengers cannot recharge the devices while on the plane.

There have been at least 26 incidents since 2009 in which e-cigarettes have caused explosions or fires, including several in which the devices were packed in luggage, according to the Department of Transportation. Usually, they have been accidentally left on or the battery short-circuits. Read more…

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U.S. bans e-cigarettes from checked baggage on flights