Travelling With Electronic Cigarettes

Well, undoubtedly, electronic cigarettes are a smarter alternative to traditional smoking. Not only, E-cigarettes last longer when compared to regular cigarettes but, they are also less harmful. But are these reasons enough to give you freedom to vape without any second thoughts while traveling?

Have you ever wondered if you could vape at an airport or onboard a plane with your e-cig? As an e-cig beginner, you might find confusion related to e-cigs. Well, we’re here to answer some of these questions! Read to find out.

  • Can I vape at an airport?

You cannot vape at an airport. You can still use your electronic cigarettes at some airports, outside the gate area. Most airports have specifically designated locations for vaping/smoking that allow users to puff in peace without causing inconvenience to others. But most of these rules are dependent on the airport. Some airports do not allow the use of e-cigarettes anywhere in the terminal.  Thus, it is important to check with the staff or the airport in advance.

  • Can I bring a vape on a plane?

You should never try to be badass and think you can stealth vape on a plane. The vapor generated from the electronic cigarettes might trigger the smoke alarm and could lead to unnecessary confusion and attention. There are various airlines which allow the carrying of e-cigs, but won’t allow you to use them. The reason some airlines have banned the use of electronic cigarettes on their plane is that they believe this could lead other traditional cigarette smokers to start smoking. But whatever it is, we would highly recommend you to check with the airline you are flying with.

  • Can I carry e-liquid inside the plane?

There have been several instances where electronic cigarettes, their fluid or the battery has caused explosions or fires. This can be due to the cheap quality of the device or other malfunctions. There are many TSA rules on electronic cigarettes to prevent such an event from happening. These rules are designed to prevent any fires or damage due to malfunctioning of the electronic cigarettes.

Just like any liquid, there are many restrictions imposed on e-liquids on airplanes. Most airlines will allow you to carry your e-liquid on your journey as long as it is below 100ml. The TSA rules on electronic cigarettes follow a 3-1-1 carry on rule. It is important to meet this 3-1-1 carry rule to prevent any issues with the authorities. The rule states that you can carry e-liquid in a 3.4-ounce bottle. A traveler can use up to 3 bottles for their liquid. These bottles are to be placed in a quarter sized, clear plastic zip lock bag. The bag limits the total volume of liquid that you can carry. Each traveler gets one bag each and this is to be placed in the security bin while checking in.

Most airlines require you to carry your vaping devices in your carry-on luggage. You should remove the electronic cigarette before checking in your luggage. There may also be additional restrictions imposed on electronic cigarettes by specific airlines.

It is also important that you empty your tank before you board the plane. The cabin of the plane is subjected to pressure changes and this might lead to your tank leaking and cause a disturbance to others around you.

  • Can I carry my e-cig battery and charger along with me while onboarding?

Most airlines won’t allow you to charge your electronic cigarettes on the plane since it is a potential fire hazard. 

Lithium batteries used in the electronic cigarettes are also considered dangerous and are considered as a fire hazard by the TSA. You may carry your batteries in your carry-on luggage. They are however prohibited in checked luggage. These rules don’t apply to dry batteries like AAA and AA. You can also carry your batteries in a battery holder to prevent them from touching one another or anything metallic and triggering a fire.     

  • Can I use my e-cig in any foreign country?

We would highly recommend you to do your homework on the status of electronic cigarettes and vapes in the country you are visiting.  For example, in some countries like Brazil, Singapore, Indonesia and the likes, the use of electronic cigarettes has been completely banned whereas, in countries like China, laws are somewhat lenient. Punishment for failure to comply varies from country to country. Always remember to stay safe and research before you travel.  

  • Are there any other things I need to take care of while traveling with vapes?

Yes, a few of them. Take a note:

  1. Always store sufficient amount of e-liquid before you travel. You may not be able to buy it once you are abroad.
  2. Disconnect your batteries from your atomizer and cartridge to make the security checks easier and less tense. Further, it can also save you a lot of battery life.
  3. Don’t pack what you do not need. If you are going on a trip for a short duration, you do not have to pack your bags with battery packs, chargers, and cartridges. Carrying more items may cause suspicion along with confusion.    
  4. The attitude and tolerance towards electronic cigarettes change depending on the country you are in and their rules and regulation. It is important to keep it in mind and make sure you stay calm when questioned. Be respectful of the countries’ rules and regulations.

Wrapping Up

It is important to make sure that you have a safe and pleasant trip free of any issues. And the easiest way to ensure this is to follow the rules and regulations that are set by the concerned airlines and the countries.

When getting through security, it is important to be responsible and patient with them. Explain them briefly that it is just an electronic cigarette device and that all is well.

Do you still have any query? Do let us know in the comments.