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 Federal Aviation Administration warned airlines about the risks of e-cigarettes in checked baggage back in January. Although e-cigarettes are the target of the ban, the battery is causing the issue: Lithium cells heat the liquid nicotine to turn it into a vapor. 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.
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