October 26, 2015: (FR) Interim Final Rule Regarding Portable Electronic Smoking Devices onboard Aircraft

PHMSA has issued an interim final rule that would prevent passengers and crewmembers from transporting  battery powered smoking devices in checked luggage or charging such devices on board the aircraft. However, passengers will still  be permitted to have these devices in carry-on luggage. This interim final rule will not effect the current regulations regarding the transportation of lithium batteries and portable electronic devices in checked or carry-on luggage.
PHMSA did not provide an opportunity for public comments or advanced notice prior to amending the regulation because this rule addresses a risk to public safety. At this time interested parties are encouraged to submit comments or relevant information. If warranted, there may be amendments made to the rule as a result of the comments received.

Docket No. PHMSA-2015-0165