It’s a sad day for flying V2 Cig users. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has formally announced their position on electronic cigarette use in the skies, saying they will officially ban all e-cigs in the spring of 2011, according to a letter obtained by the Associated Press from DOT secretary Ray LaHood.
Since their introduction, “vapor” fans have enjoyed the benefits of being able to use them where traditional cigarettes are typically banned. Multiple YouTube videos show the use of electronic cigarettes in flight and many have purchased the product with this use in mind.
Sen. Frank Lautenburg of New Jersey, who wrote the 1987 law that banned smoking on airplanes, has been pressuring the DOT to clarify the rule, saying he wants to make sure officials were solidly opposed to smoking them on planes.
Lautenburg has campaigned fiercely against e-cigarettes as a smoking alternative, writing to the FDA in support of removing them from the market completely.
Flight attendants are starting to specifically include e-cigs as a prohibited device in verbal warnings in pre-flight instructions.
In a recent incident aboard an Allegiant flight from Bangor, Maine, a passenger refused to put his e-cig away, prompting the flight to be diverted so federal officials could investigate. The passenger was reportedly trying to “satisfy his nicotine craving” and became unruly when flight attendants confronted him.
As a side note, it will still be possible to travel through security checkpoints with your V2, and most likely you will still be able to use it in an airport. This ban only applies to in-flight usage.