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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which already bans flammables and explosives in checked airplane baggage, is now advising airlines to consider the potential fire risk from e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes typically heat liquid nicotine into an inhaled vapor by using lithium-based batteries, which in some cases can overheat and cause fires. The FAA sent a Safety Alert for Operators to airlines Friday about the devices. While voluntary and nonbinding, typically most airlines follow such guidance from the FAA.

This article was written by Alan Levin from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Photo Credit: One model of e-cigarette. Lindsay Fox / EcigaretteReviewed