E-Cigarette Forces Emergency Landing at BWI

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Vaping may not be the same as smoking, but sneaking an e-cig in the bathroom can apparently cause the same kinds of issues as tobacco.

A plane was made an emergency landing at BWI Airport on Thursday after an e-cigarette set off a smoke alarm in one of the aircraft’s bathrooms, according to Southwest Airlines.

The smoke alarm caused the pilot to declare an emergency, and he brought the plane down in Baltimore. A host of fire crews and emergency workers met the plan once it was on the ground. Ultimately, it caused nothing more than an inconvenience for the 118 passengers and five crew members.

The TSA took a hands-off approach to eCig use in a 2010 blog post. Blogger Bob recommended checking with individual airlines. E-cigarettes will, however, make it past the security checkpoint in a carry-on.

 



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