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 / Updated  / Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Transportation Department said Wednesday it is banning passengers and crew members from carrying e-cigarettes in checked baggage or charging the devices on-board aircraft.

View of different types of Electronic Cigarettes commonly known as TANKSSandy Huffaker / Corbis via Getty Images

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx cited a number of recent incidents that show the devices can catch fire during transport.

"Fire hazards in flight are particularly dangerous," Foxx said in a statement Wednesday. "Banning e-cigarettes from checked bags is a prudent and important safety measure."

Passengers may continue to carry e-cigarettes for personal use in carry-on baggage or on their person, but may not use them on flights, Foxx said.

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