As the fervor surrounding the potentially deadly dangers of consuming e-cigarettes and other vape solutions subsides somewhat, an additional e-cig scare is getting into the spotlight. This time, even so, the concern is not what individuals are inhaling, but the device itself. Affordable, poorly-created vape pens and e-cigs commonly use low-priced, poorly-created lithium-ion batteries. And these batteries have a knack for catching on fire. Some have even blown up in people’s faces. That is why the president of the Association of Flight Attendants desires the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ban e-cigarettes from planes completely.
The FAA currently bans travelers from placing transportable devices with lithium-ion batteries in their checked luggage. But travelers can nonetheless carry them in their carry-on bags and private things. Flight attendants want that rule to modify. They say frequent battery-sparked fires are turning them into emergency firefighters. And they’re worried that the subsequent fire could be catastrophic.
E-Cig and Vape Batteries Are Catching Fire on Airplanes
Flaming batteries have created it into the news ahead of. Famously, the FAA banned travelers from carrying Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones due to a widespread problem with them catching on fire. But lithium-batteries are in almost everything these days, in practically each and every device individuals use and carry. They also differ broadly in terms of high quality and reliability, with the least expensive ones prone to what technicians contact “thermal runaway.” The battery begins to heat up, cannot cease, and at some point catches fire or explodes. Place otherwise, these batteries are every single possible incendiary devices or explosives. Not what any person desires to assume about at 30,000 feet.
The FAA does have policies and regulations in location to lessen the dangers linked with low-priced rechargeable batteries. In truth, if you ever ship an item with a lithium-ion battery, carriers are necessary to ship it by means of ground transportation. But passengers can nonetheless take batteries on the plane with them. It would be difficult to implement a policy banning everyone’s phones, tablets, computer systems, headphones, and so on.
To place the concern in viewpoint, the FAA says it has received at least 265 reports of incidents involving batteries—since 1991. That information lists some 50 e-cigarette connected smoke or fire incidents at airports or on planes. That quantity exceeds the quantity of reported incidents for laptops and tablets, battery chargers, spare batteries and cell phones.
FAA Signals It Will not Ban E-Cigarettes In spite of Union Request
The FAA demands flight attendants to get firefighting education so they can manage battery fires on a flight. Usually, dealing with a fire implies tossing a smoking or flaming device into a fire-retardant bag. In the luggage hold, even so, planes’ fire extinguishing systems are not sturdy sufficient to place out the intense heat from a flaming lithium-ion battery. “How about we just not have these e-cigarettes on the plane at all,” Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson told CBS News.
The Flight Security Foundation agrees that the low-priced lithium-ion batteries in e-cigarettes pose a severe concern. But the organization also believes a ban wouldn’t make sense. The FAA concurs. “Because of the wide assortment of battery troubles that can take place, it is crucial that airlines have the flexibility to assess and address the dangers involved in every single person circumstance,” an FAA spokesperson told “CBS This Morning.”
So far, there have been no catastrophic incidents involving batteries catching fire on airplanes. But with e-cigarettes, warn concerned flight attendants, it is only a matter of time. Amid ongoing efforts to lessen vape-connected illnesses and deaths, the threat of a important incident involving e-cig devices appears like a relevant concern. For now, even so, the FAA is nonetheless letting travelers take their vape and e-cig devices on planes.