Pour out some Unicorn Blood for California’s vaping Congressman Duncan Hunter, who will no longer be able to practice cloud-chasing on flights to D.C.. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation banned e-cigs on all commercial flights.
“This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The Department took a practical approach to eliminate any confusion between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes by applying the same restrictions to both.”
The final rule will be published in the Federal Register and make it clear that e-cigarettes are no different than any other tobacco product as far as the DOT is concerned.
This comes one month after Hunter vainly championed your right to vape in a February hearing on in-flight e-cigs, where he outed himself as a fellow juice-head:
Most airlines already ban vaping, along with hoverboarding, as potentially dangerous to passengers and definitely annoying. However it wasn’t strictly illegal until now.
About 1 in 5 millennials say they’ve vaped at least once, even though the health risks are still uncertain. But nobody wants to sit next to them. Somewhere, a mournful Hunter tips his fedora and hits the Sinatra.