Somehow, until today, legislation to officially ban vaping on flights did not exist. Although, for the most part U.S. airlines have voluntarily prohibited the use of e-cigs on flights.
The U.S. Department of Transportation banned cigarettes on commercial planes more than 25 years ago, of course, but the rules surrounding e-cigs were still ambiguous. Although the DOT said e-cigs were included in the decades old ban, the rule didn’t specifically include them. However, after submitting final regulations yesterday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says e-cigarettes will officially fall under the same ban as other tobacco products.