President Of Largest Flight Attendant Union Wants FAA To Ban E-Cigs Over Battery Fire Concerns

  • Source: WFOR-TV CBS 4 Miami
  • Published: 10/10/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: The president of the largest flight attendant union wants the FAA to ban e-cigarettes from planes because their batteries could be a fire hazard. FAA data from 1991 through this August shows at least 48 e-cigarette related smoke or fire incidents at airports or on planes. That’s more incidents than laptops and tablets, cellphones, battery chargers or spare batteries. A FAA test video shows why lithium ion batteries have been banned in check luggage. If a battery fails and enters what’s called thermal runway, it can burn so hot the plane’s fire suppression system can’t put it out. A lithium ion battery fire on a plane can be catastrophic. Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, said flight attendants have become firefighters on planes, and the FAA needs to do more.


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