Travelling With E-cigarettes: Can I Vape On A Plane?
With the increase in popularity of electronic cigarettes in recent years, a growing number of ‘vapers' have been left confused about the rules surrounding flying with their e-cigarettes. Many airlines and airports have only recently published detailed information about their policies. The aim of this guide is to clarify the issues.
It's important to remember that rules and regulations can change at any moment, so if you're uncertain about taking your e-cigarettes on a plane, double-check with your airport and airline before flying.
Can you Vape on Plane?
Unfortunately, vaping is not permitted on domestic or international flights. Initially, there was some uncertainty about whether vaping was allowed in airports and on flights, as various airlines and airports had their own set of laws. The laws have evolved significantly over time, not only in terms of smoking but also in terms of which devices and e-liquids are permitted on planes.
While most airports now have some sort of e-cigarette legislation, the regulations on vaping within airports are not protected by the law in the same way. There are several designated places where you can take a short vape break before flying depending on where you're flying from. Before packing your luggage, make sure you know the rules of the airport.
How to Transport Your Vape Supplies
It's critical to understand the laws surrounding e-cigarettes, as well as why they exist. E-cigarettes are not allowed in checked luggage and must be transported through screening in carry-on bags. This means that, like all other liquids, e-liquids must be stored in a clear plastic bag before being taken through security.
Make sure your vape is in your carry-on and not your checked luggage when you travel. When checking a carry-on bag at the gate or on the plane, all electronic cigarettes and vaping products, as well as any spare lithium batteries, must be removed from the bag and brought into the aircraft cabin with you.
If TSA agents discover a prohibited object in your checked luggage, you must either transfer it to your carry-on or discard it.
HOW MUCH E-LIQUID IS ALLOWED TO TAKE ON A PLANE?
The TSA demands that all liquids be carried in a one-quart transparent zip-top container. If you're bringing juice, it must conform to the same safety standards as all other liquids. It corresponds to a 3.4-ounce (100 ml) bottle that will fit in your TSA-approved liquids container.
E-juice in the standard sizes of 30 mil, 60 mil, and 100 mil is perfect. Transfer your e-liquid bottles to smaller bottles if you have larger ones. Travel shops, drugstores, and most big-box stores sell 3.4-ounce travel bottles and TSA-approved plastic bags.
If you're carrying a larger bottle, make sure it's tightly wrapped and placed in your checked luggage.
OTHER VAPE TIPS WHEN TRAVELING
Stock up on coils
You may already know when to change your vape coil, but keeping a few extra coils on hand to replace those that have burned out will ensure that your vaping experience is uninterrupted. Carrying some with you can save you from having to look for a local vape shop in the country you're visiting if you're in a hurry.
- Consider purchasing empty e-liquid bottles!
Bottles larger than 100ml are prohibited by the TSA and most airlines. Because some vape juice bottles come in 120ml sizes, this can be a concern. Purchasing some empty e liquid bottles with a capacity of less than 100mL to disperse your e juice into TSA-approved liquid containers might be a smart idea.
Empty your vape tank
Bottles larger than 100ml are prohibited by the TSA and most airlines. This can cause the e liquid in your vape tank to leak due to low pressure within the aircraft. By emptying your vape tank ahead of time, you can avoid e juice leaking into your bag and potentially damaging whatever is in your carry-on.
Place vape batteries in a battery case or buy vape battery containers
Some airlines demand that all vape batteries be kept in their own battery case. Keeping a few vape battery containers on hand will save you the trouble of having to discard a perfectly good vape battery or wanting to purchase a new one once you arrive.
Charge your batteries
Make sure your device is fully charged before entering into the airport. TSA regulations prohibit charging vape devices on planes.
Typical Penalties for Vaping In-Flight
A individual may be arrested and fined tens of thousands of dollars for simply using an e-cigarette or other vaporizer (or a regular cigarette). You could face severe legal consequences, including detention, if a flight is diverted and forced to land as a result of your actions, which could happen if clouds of apple-pie scented vapour start billowing out of the toilet. It's unclear what would happen to the guy whose e-cig exploded in mid-flight when he was vaping.
A fine for smoking or vaping on a plane will vary from $2 to $4,000, and it is not a criminal offence in and of itself. If a person is found to have tampered with a smoke detector or fails to obey a crew member's order, such as to stop smoking, the situation will quickly escalate. While an individual may be arrested and barred from a flight for smoking or vaping, there is usually only a fine issued unless there is more to the incident. However, depending on the destination country, an individual can be arrested and detained upon arrival on some international flights.
Hopefully, this blog has answered all of your questions about travelling with e-cigarettes or vaping in a plane but, If you're travelling abroad, think about the country's laws and regulations. Vapes and electronic cigarettes are not handled equally anywhere, and you don't want your pricey vape pen to be seized, or worse, to get you in legal trouble.