US bans e-cigarettes from checked baggage over fire risks

The transportation secretary cited recent incidents that show the devices can catch fire during transport.

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NEW YORK - The US Transportation Department said Wednesday it is banning passengers and crew members from carrying e-cigarettes in checked baggage or charging the devices on board aircraft.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx cited a number of recent incidents that show the devices can catch fire during transport.

Passengers may continue to carry e-cigarettes for personal use in carry-on baggage or on their person, but may not use them on flights, Foxx said.