Virginia Pilot: Navy banning e-cigarettes from ships and aircraft over exploding battery concerns
The Navy is banning electronic cigarettes and vaporizers from its aircraft, ships and submarines after receiving multiple reports of the devices’ batteries exploding, catching fire and injuring sailors, it announced Friday.
The malfunctioning devices have forced at least one aircraft to land, started fires on ships and left sailors with second-degree burns . The injuries have occurred when the devices were being used, charged or replaced, or when they came into inadvertent contact with metal objects, according to the Navy.
The directive by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet will take effect May 14 and comes as the e-cigarette industry faces increasing scrutiny over the safety of its products.
The U.S. Department of Transportation last year prohibited airline passengers and crew members from carrying battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices in checked baggage, and from using or charging the devices aboard aircraft.
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