The US Senate will debate a bill this week that could prevent vapers from carrying vaping gear on any US flight. FAA rules already prohibit use of vapor products on flights and transporting them in checked baggage. The new law would also prevent them from being transported in carry-on bags or in clothing.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has proposed an amendment (SA 3547) to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that would prohibit vapor products on all US flights. Sen. Blumenthal has been a consistent opponent of vaping and e-cigs, and has been on board for every attempt to restrict them.
If vapers are forced to leave their e-cigs home when they travel, many will turn to combustible cigarettes, which are always the most widely available nicotine product at any destination.
The bill does not address other products — like laptops, tablets and mobile phones — that present the same battery risks as e-cigs. This is clearly aimed at punishing vapers, rather than addressing any real problem.