The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) barred carrying electronic cigarettes in check-in baggage and asked airlines to formulate a policy on handling of electronic cigarettes, and display warnings as part of the cabin safety measures.
The regulator has said that spare lithium batteries and the e-cigarettes must be carried in passenger carry-on baggage. In addition, recharging of electronic cigarettes and/or batteries on board the aircraft is not permitted. The DGCA has issued a new cabin safety circular which is effective from Tuesday (November 1). Under the circular, operators would have to develop procedures to “ensure passengers are advised to remove e-cigarettes (valet/sky check) or in cases where excess carry-on baggage must be placed in the hold”.
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Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), known as e-cigarettes, produce a mixture containing flavoured liquids and nicotine that is inhaled by the user.
“Electronic, simulated smoking materials (cigarettes, pipes, cigars) are prohibited from use by both passengers and crew at all times. Operators should not permit the use of any item which could insinuate that smoking is permitted on board aircraft,” the DGCA circular said.
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