It wasn’t until 1990 when the government banned cigarettes on most domestic flights. E-cigs later boomed in popularity when smoking was prohibited indoors, from airports to bars.
Even though e-cigs are newer than cigarettes, we must understand which procedures to follow when we’re flying with a vape. The process is easy and you won’t have any issues as long as you have the basics covered. Read on for more information.
Things to Know When Traveling with a Vape
Before You Go
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has certain regulations for vapes on a plane and this advice will apply almost everywhere in the world. But there may be rare exceptions, so double-check with the airline before you fly to find out whether the country you’re visiting has any laws and rules.
It’s important to note that certain countries have banned vape pens, such as Thailand, India, and Brazil. Some even fine you for vaping in public, so find out where you can vape first to avoid trouble.
What Can You Bring on the Plane?
You may be wondering: can I bring my vape juice on a plane? Quick answer: yes. You can also bring along:
- Vape box mods
- Vape batteries
- Vape battery charger
First, you should keep your e-juice, batteries, and vape starter kits separate. All of these must be kept with you on your carry-on and in a Ziploc bag.
Remember that lithium batteries under 100 watt-hours can be checked in while batteries over 100 watt-hours can’t. You should get a battery case so they don’t touch each other or any metal objects. Also, it’s advised to keep your tank empty, as the air pressure may cause the tank to explode or leak.
FAA prohibits these devices in checked bags:
- Battery-powered e-cigarettes
- Vape pens
- Electronic nicotine delivery systems
Check with your airline for any unusual policies and remove batteries or turn off your vape before going through security.
Can You Bring Vape Juice on a Plane?
You can bring e-juice in checked baggage, but you should double-bag the bottles with Ziploc bags to avoid leakage. You can also carry more vape juice, as there’s no size limit.
If you want to carry e-juice in your hand luggage, then the maximum you can carry is 3.4 ounces or 100 millimeters, so carrying 20ml bottles is a good idea. Remember though: they have to be packed in a see-through bag that you must remove when passing through security.
Try not to take on full, sealed bottles, as the pressure in the cabin can expand the liquid and cause the bottle to split.
If you’re taking e-juice, find bottles with a stronger nicotine strength so you can take fewer bottles and refill less frequently. Although check with your destination country, as the UK, EU, and Israel have a nicotine limit of 20 mg/mL.
Can You Vape in the Airport?
Although vaping is not regulated in the U.S., smoking and vaping has long been banned in airports. If you break the rules, you risk a ticket or getting ejected from the airport so you’ll miss your flight.
Some airports have designated smoking rooms where you can have a quick vape. If not, use smokeless tobacco like snus or NRT products like nicotine gum or lozenges.
Is It Legal to Vape on a Plane?
If it’s illegal to vape in an airport, then it’s highly unlikely that you can vape on an airplane. Flying with an oil pen is fine, but don’t use your vape onboard as you could get arrested, fined, or jailed when you reach your destination.
You may be tempted to go to the bathroom for a stealth vape, but think twice. Smoke detectors in airplane restrooms are sensitive and don’t detect smoke, but rather, matter that’s denser than air.
Tips for Traveling Vapers
There are other guidelines you should follow when you travel with these disposable vapes. You should:
- Bring fewer bottles and refills for high-strength nicotine e-liquids
- Keep extra batteries in protective plastic battery cases
- Charge your vape before going through security
You shouldn’t be nervous taking vape pens and mods through security or a Juul on an airplane. The TSA may ask about your touch-screen vape mod to make sure it isn’t explosive and may ask you to turn it on. Smaller devices like vape pens or pod vapes likely won’t trigger the system.
Once you pass through security, remove batteries from the mod, or if your vape pen has an internal battery, then remove the atomizer from the device. This is a necessary precaution to take to prevent any accidental firing happening on the plane.
Also, if you carry a coil-building kit, then get ready to explain the spools of wire, screwdrivers, and wire cutters. Instead, pack pre-wrapped coils, as it’s more convenient.
You’re Flying With a Vape? No Problem!
When you’re flying with a vape, be sure to disassemble your mod or pen, as batteries must be kept in a different compartment. You must separate all of your e-cigarette components and store them in a Ziploc bag in your carry-on luggage. If you keep it in your checked-in bag, your vape pen will be flagged by security.
With a wide svariety of vaporizers available at 180 Smoke, there is no doubt you can find the perfect vape for travel. If you come prepared and know how to travel with your vaping equipment, then it’ll be a quick and easy process. Safe travels!
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