If you're an avid vaper, you take your vape everywhere you go. But when you're traveling, you've probably wondered how to bring a vape on a plane.
The transition from smoking to vaping is great since you no longer feel like you can't go without smoking a cigarette. You don't crave nicotine as badly as you once did. However, the chances are that you do not want to be away from your vape for too long. When you're traveling, the first concern you may have is that you won't be able to vape – an idea that makes you uneasy.
You can absolutely bring a vape on a plane. According to airline rules, a vape with an installed battery should be carried in a carry-on suitcase. You can also pack extra batteries in the carry-on baggage. Batteries need to be packed in padded carriers with no contact with metal objects.
Even though airlines have strict rules about vapes, these are necessary to ensure that there is no risk of a fire breaking out on the plane. The regulations airlines have put on vapes are mainly because of the lithium batteries that these contain. However, if you follow the rules, there's nothing saying that you can't bring a vape on a plane.
We've worked in the aviation industry for years now, and we're familiar with the rules pertaining to bringing vapes on a plane. If you're worried about traveling with a vape, you'll find all the information you need right here.
Why Vapes are Difficult to Bring on a Plane
Most vapes are built using lithium-ion batteries. Airlines place strict regulations on vapes because the lithium-ion batteries in the vape are vulnerable to overheating, and if mishandled, they can catch fire. Since the air pressure at different altitudes continues to change, bringing a lithium-ion battery on a plane can be dangerous. This is why most battery sellers who want to ship products to users use ground carriers.
Airlines have set up rules for those who want to bring a vape on the plane. These rules include:
- Storing the vape or any device with a built-in battery in a carry-on suitcase. The device should be turned off.
- Extra batteries can be stored in the carry-on baggage. Moreover, the extra batteries should be packed in padded carriers that are away from metal terminals and metal objects.
- Once you go through security protocols, the vape can be stored in the checked luggage without the batteries.
Since the batteries are stored in a pressurized cabin, the risk of a fire is lowered significantly. Moreover, the staff on the plane has been trained to react to any emergency or unexpected event.
How to Carry Vape Juice on a Plane
Now that you know how to bring a vape to a plane, you need to know the basics about traveling with vape juice and the airline regulations that need to be followed. Before you bring vape juice on a plane, there are some things you need to consider:
- Airlines have rules and regulations set about traveling with gels or liquid products. The vape juice you may want to bring, along with the vape tanks and pods that contain e-liquid, fall under these. In fact, we also want to point out that these regulations apply to basic products like shampoos, perfumes, tubes of toothpaste, and soaps.
- If you want to bring vape juice on a plane, you must ensure that the bottle is 1 oz. or less.
- The liquids you choose to bring should be stored in a carry-on bag and must comfortably fit in a quart-sized zip-top bag. When you are at the airport and ready to go through the security checkpoint, you will have to remove the zip-top bag and give it to the authorities for inspection.
This means that you can bring extra vape juice and keep it in your checked luggage without any issues. However, we believe that packing extra e-liquid in a plastic bag is a good idea in case one of the bottles leaks.
Are Travelers Allowed to Vape on the Plane?
According to regulations set by every airline, passengers are not allowed to vape on a plane. In fact, we would strongly recommend that no one tries to vape even as a joke because if you get caught, there will be loads of legal problems that you will have to face. Not only is vaping on a flight dangerous, but it is also a federal offense.
If you are worried that you will become uneasy because of your lack of access to nicotine when traveling, you can always opt for alternate forms of nicotine, like pouches or gums, to get you through the flight.
Is Vaping Allowed at the Airport?
When traveling, the best thing you can do is ensure that you don't vape in an area where smoking is banned. To stay on the safe side, you should not vape in an airport at all and leave the vape in your luggage unless you are absolutely certain that you are in a designated smoking area.
An important thing to keep in mind is that in some airports, you will not find a smoking area that falls under the security parameters. Some airports have smoking areas inside, but they don't have clear signs identifying those areas. These days, airports have smoking areas in outdoor cages without any climate control, and the seating is extremely limited.
Of course, an airport is not likely to openly advertise its smoking area, so if you really have to smoke, take help from an employee.
When you ask around, you might find out that the airport you are at does not have an airside smoking area. In this case, do not try to act smart. Keep in mind that if you vape, you will get caught. Hence, it is best to take your last puff before you enter the airport. You can also leave the airport to go out and vape if you want to.
However, if you are in a foreign country, you will have to go through customs and formally enter the country before you can vape. Moreover, you will also have to pass the security checkpoint again to reenter the airport.
Be Aware of the Local Vaping Laws Before You Get on a Flight
Even though you now know how to bring a vape on a plane, we strongly suggest that you go through local vaping laws. You might not be allowed to vape in places that you were allowed to vape in back in the States.
Maybe when you were in your hometown, you enjoyed vaping in the park. However, the country you're in might have banned public smoking, as well as vaping. This is something you need to be aware of before you travel. A key factor we learned over time was not to vape in any place that does not allow smoking in the first place.
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Alex has logged close to 400 hours on his own Piper Cherokee and enjoys bush flying as it offers a chance to test out his skills in difficult situations. His favorite trip, and one he makes regularly, is to the Red Deer Forestry Airstrip.Read more about Alex Costa