Can you bring a vape on a plane?
Regulations regarding the issue of bringing a vape on a plane have seen some changes in the last couple of years, and it’s understandable if you get a bit lost in between the rules since they are not constant. However, we are here to tell you what your alternatives are, if and how you can take your vape on a plane.
The vaper lifestyle is a smoother and more prudent alternative to traditional smoking, so it’s expected for vapers to want to take their vaping gear whenever they travel.
Let’s start with the most common questions.
- Can you vape at an airport?
This is a tricky question, mostly because there are different rules for every airport you’re going to find yourself in. Most of the time, there is a designated area for smokers/vapers where you can vape without any trouble, and you can consult with the staff if you want to be sure. However, if there is no such area, then you can vape outside the gate of the airport before or after you catch a flight.
- Can you bring a vape on a plane?
Yes, but again, it depends on the regulations of the country and the place of origin of the plane. First of all, never try to hide your vaping equipment, and yes, you can bring it in on a plane, and no, you can’t vape inside. The main difference here is where your vaping device will be stored during the flight. For example, these are the guidelines issued by the FAA:
“The FAA prohibits these devices in checked baggage. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporisers, vape pens, atomisers and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). Check with your airline for additional restrictions. Remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside.”
This means that you can take your vape on the plane, but not in the checked bag, because they want all batteries put in storage in the pressurised cabin. This is a recent development because there have been cases of overheating and exploding of battery-operated devices (such as your vape), and it’s dangerous to store them in the holding area.
A note of importance is that some airlines might impose additional restrictions on e-cigarettes and any other vaping equipment, depending on their internal policy.
- Can you carry e-liquids on a plane?
Yes, but there are restrictions regarding the amount you can carry, and they will be subjected to inspection. What we recommend for additional safety is for you to pack the vape juice in an extra plastic bag (see-through), so you’ll avoid damage if it spills, and it will also be easier for you when they inspect it at the airport.
For example, from the TSA guidelines regarding liquids:
“You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 millilitres) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 millilitres in checked baggage.”
Before you travel, always check regarding the allowed dosage on the plane, because this can vary between companies. Also, another small tip is to check the expiration dates before you pack your e-liquids; you wouldn't want to end up with an old juice in a foreign country.
Tips about how to travel with e-cigs on planes
Now let’s focus on the more practical side of traveling with e-cigs on planes— the storage tips.
Clean your equipment before travelling - This is going to be very important for you down the line, because you will have to pack all additional elements separately, so having your vape clean and ready to go is going to save you a lot of trouble. Clean every piece of the kit independently and carefully, and pack them in small plastic bags.
Separate packing - Take every piece of the set after it has been cleaned and put in a see-through plastic bag. You can take approximately three bottles of e-liquid on the plane with you. You should pay close attention to this because of possible spillage during the flight and the close inspection you’ll encounter at the airport before you board.
Check the dates – Double-check the dates of your products and liquids, pack a few spare coils and make sure you got everything from your vape equipment.
Disconnect everything - This step is also crucial because you want to avoid any extra problems at the airport. Disconnect your batteries from your atomiser and cartridge, as this will make checks more manageable, and you will save some battery life.
Pack the kit it in your carry-on - As we explained above, in most cases, you will have to carry your vape kit in your carry-on due to regulations.
Can you fly with a vape?
We hope we answered your questions regarding the subject flying with a vape, and you can use some of our tips to make the whole experience more comfortable. Remember you should always take out the batteries and pack them in a specific case. The tank and the RDA should be completely clean and dry, and there shouldn't be any liquid inside.
Furthermore, every airport is different, and you could be subjected to some restrictions regarding your vaping device, so check if there are any specific rules or guidelines. It might also be beneficial if you could check up on the law regarding vaping in the country you’re visiting. If you want to make your cool vape tricks, you should be up-to-date with the culture and the regulation in the country where you’ll want to do them.
In conclusion, can you bring a vape on a plane? Yes, as long as you follow the rules.