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Airport official concerned about e-cigs on planes

TRAVEL-PLANEBOSTON (AP) — Logan International Airport officials say federal authorities should consider further restrictions for electronic cigarettes on planes, after one of the devices apparently caused a small fire that forced passengers to briefly evacuate from a plane last weekend.

Ed Freni, director of aviation at the Massachusetts Port Authority which operates the airport, said the device was packed in a checked-in luggage and somehow burned a small hole in the bag. He says the incident could have been more serious had a worker not smelled smoke and located the smoldering bag before the plane took off.

The state Fire Marshal’s office, which is investigating the incident, recommends e-cigarette users disconnect the battery on their devices before storing them.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says Federal Aviation Administration officials are assisting with the investigation.


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