How to Fly With Your E-Cigarette

So you want to bring your vaping gear on an airplane but you’re worried that the TSA is going to taze you or confiscate your brand new box mod and e-juice. Fortunately the current anti-vaping hysteria hasn’t yet reached the point where we’re all going to have to smuggle our disposable vapes in our anal cavities just to get on a plane. All you have to do is follow these basic rules and safety precautions and you’ll be good to go for your next flight. These apply for US travelers only, I have no idea how things work in
other countries:

You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the security checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) 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 milliliters in checked baggage.

  • The vape itself can be stored in your carry-on luggage but NOT your checked luggage. If you have to check your bag at the gate (because of all those assholes in zone 1 using those massive roller bags as their carry-ons) then you have to remove the e-cigarette from your bag beforehand. From the TSA:

These devices are prohibited in checked baggage by international regulations and the FAA prohibits carriage in checked baggage. These devices can only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). Please also check your airline’s policy as they may place additional restrictions on these devices.

When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or planeside, all electronic cigarette and vaping devices, along with any spare lithium batteries, must be removed from the bag and should be taken with you in the aircraft cabin.

  •  Your lithium batteries are also prohibited from checked luggage, but you can bring them in your carry-on. It’s also a really good idea to get a battery case to make sure that they don’t touch each other or any other metal objects and start a fire. From the TSA:

You may travel with dry batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D) in your carry-on or checked baggage. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits loose lithium batteries from being transported in checked baggage.

  • If you’re thinking about stealth vaping on a plane: don’t do it. The flight attendant is going to notice and the rest of your day is not going to be awesome. As with smoking, it’s been banned by the Department of Transportation and even if it wasn’t it would make you look like a massive douche. As a general rule: if you’re in a situation where smoking would be weird, don’t vape.
  • You can’t charge your e-cig on a plane either, which has also been banned by the DOT for being a fire hazard.
  • It’s also a really good idea to empty your tank before you get on the plane. The pressure changes in the cabin will cause your tank to leak all over the place and will be a massive pain in the ass to clean up. It might also be a good idea to put it in a ziplock bag so any remaining juice doesn’t leak out. This isn’t part of the official rules, but it’s a good practice to follow when you’re a passenger on a plane.

So there you have it. Travelling with a vape doesn’t have to be a huge deal. As long as you follow the TSA rules and regulations about both the liquid and the device itself, you don’t have anything to worry about. When in doubt, ask a person at the check-in desk or even at the security checkpoint to make sure that you’re compliant with all of the laws that apply when travelling with an e-cig.

What are your experiences with flying with vapes? Share your e-cigarette travel stories in the comments section below to help out fellow vapers!

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