American Airlines has let flight attendants know that passengers will no longer be able to use electric blankets or heating pads on board. They are now on the ‘non-approved personal electronic device list’.
Regulating cabin temperatur for all customers can be challenging. Some customers are now bringing personal electric blankets and heating pads on board the aircraft and using power ports to heat them up for warmth. This is a fire hazard and not allowed. We are adding electric blankets and heating pads to the list of non-approved PEDs in an upcoming revision of the IFM.
A spokesperson tells me, “They can be carried onboard, but not plugged in due to the potential fire hazard. Effective date is immediately.”
I understand using an airline blanket (they’re cleaner than you think when they are offered) or bringing one of your own. It’s never once occurred to me to plug an electric blanket into an aircraft’s seat power. Apparently though this is far more of a thing than I’d ever imagined.