Can you use E-Cigarettes on planes?

On a flight from Sanya to Beijing, a woman picked up an e-cigarette around her neck and started smoking during the plane’s descent. The crew found it and promptly stopped it and called the police. The woman was later placed under administrative detention for seven days by the Capital Airport Public Security Bureau.

Why can’t you use E-Cigarettes on planes?

Health hazard – Aircraft cabin as a confined space, air circulation, easy to cause health hazard. Smoking on board will pollute the cabin environment with many toxic and harmful substances and various additives.

There are safety risks — plus, e-cigarettes are powered by batteries, which is a big risk if they fail. A Santa Ana, Southern California, man was reportedly smoking a modified e-cigarette in his bedroom in the early hours of the morning when the device exploded as he puffed on it. The blast was so violent that it sent pieces of the device flying across the house, including a small piece embedded in the bedroom ceiling and setting fire to clothing on the bed. The man later had to be treated for his face and hands in hospital and had a difficult recovery. It can be seen that if the e-cigarette explodes or catches fire in the cabin, the consequences will be unimaginable. Moreover, the smoke produced by e-cigarettes is likely to trigger the smoke sensing system on the plane, causing panic among passengers and causing great inconvenience to the operation of the plane.

Clearly prohibited by law — In 2015, the Public Security Bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China issued a Notice on Maintaining Civil Aviation Order and Ensuring Air Transport Safety, which clearly listed “smoking (including electronic cigarettes)” as one of the prohibited behaviors in aircraft. If passengers violate the provisions of the notice, the public security organ will give warning, fine, detention according to the “Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Civil Aviation Safety and Security”; If the case constitutes a crime, criminal responsibility shall be investigated in accordance with the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China; If property losses are caused to units or individuals, they shall be liable for compensation according to law.

Being placed on the No-fly List — The punishment for vaping on an airplane today is not just a fine and five to 10 days in detention. It can also be placed on a list of people who are seriously distrusted and restricted from flying on civil aircraft.

● On November 8, 2020, a male passenger on the SC4935 Xiamen-Jingdezhen flight was released after being criticized and educated by security officers for using e-cigarettes.

● January 22, 2020, SC4706 Zhuhai — Hefei Flight, a passenger using an e-cigarette was handed over to the public security organ by the flight crew.

● On September 5, 2019, on Flight KN5911 from Beijing to Fuyang, Anhui province, a man was found smoking an e-cigarette in the bathroom by the flight crew. The Airport branch of Fuyang Public Security Bureau gave him five days of administrative detention and confiscated the illegal e-cigarettes.

● On July 13, 2019, Zhao, who was on Spring Airlines Flight 9C8710 from Osaka, Japan to Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, was placed under administrative detention for five days for smoking an e-cigarette in the bathroom.

● On September 29, 2018, on a flight from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province to Changchun, Jilin Province, a passenger surnamed Fu was placed under administrative detention for 5 days by the Jilin Provincial Public Security Bureau for smoking an e-cigarette in the bathroom.

● On September 12, 2015, after China Southern Airlines Flight CZ328 landed at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, airport public security officers took a male passenger off the plane to assist in the investigation. The passenger was given five days of administrative detention for smoking an e-cigarette during the flight, which set off the smoke detector in the cabin. (China Civil Aviation Network reporter Li Xuan correspondent Han Mingzhe)

Post time: Aug-11-2022