Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has reported in a statement that from now onwards, e-cigarettes shall not be allowed in passengers’ check-in baggage and will instead need to be kept in the carry-on baggage of passengers.

According to The Star, the new rules were set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a safety alert for MAS.

“Following recent fire incidents involving e-cigarettes, the FAA issued a safety alert recommending all airline operators to ensure e-cigarettes (also called personal vaporisers or electronic nicotine delivery) be carried by passengers exclusively in the cabin of the aircraft and not in checked baggage,” said MAS in a statement.

“Carriage of e-cigarettes which are also called personal vaporisers or electronic nicotine delivery in the passenger cabin, addresses this safety risk by ensuring that if an incident does occur, it can be immediately identified and mitigated,” MAS added.

This comes after a recent fire incident at Los Angeles International Airport where an overheated e-cigarette sparked a fire in one of the passengers’ luggage, therefore the rules were implemented as a precaution.

Also, last year, a plane from Boston had to be evacuated after an e-cigarette in a passenger’s bag caught fire in the cargo hold of the aircraft.

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