Traveling with Your E-Cigarettes: Can I Vape on A Plane?
Flying with an e-cigarette is heavily regulated, which means vapers need to be aware of how traveling with their favorite device will affect them. Not following these guidelines can result in confiscation of the device, fines up to $10,000 if other violations were committed in addition to the offense, and arrest. No matter what your friends have told you about e-cigarettes on an airplane, it’s best to do your own research and avoid the hefty consequences. Without further ado, let’s discuss how to travel with an electronic cigarette.
As per FDA guidelines, all travelers must limit their liquids, gels, and creams to no more than 3.4 ounces of liquid per container, which all must fit in a quart sized bag. This includes vape juice. Typically, vape juices are measured in milliliters (mL), so 3.4 oz equals about 100 mL. Bottles of e-juice usually come in 15 mL, 30 mL, 60 mL, and 120 mL measurements. If your juice fits in your liquids bag, then great. But you may need to pack in in your checked bag if it exceeds limits. If your vaporizer has juice in it, you will need to pop out the cartridge (if it’s a POD system vape) or clean out the device beforehand so no liquid is present in the device. Or, you can fit the whole device inside of your liquids bag if it’s small enough. However, emptying some juice is still smart as the pressure changes may cause leakage during the flight.
Because the Department of Transportation is concerned with lithium battery explosions occurring in mid-flight, they require all vapes to be carry-on items and not packed in checked baggage. If you are forced to check your bag at the gate, remember to remove your vape and all extra batteries from your bag before leaving it at the door. You may want to invest in a battery case if you are traveling with extra batteries, so they don’t accidentally connect and start a fire. Vapers are also banned from charging their vapes on the plane, as this is also considered a fire hazard.
Since most governing bodies recognize vaporizers equal to cigarettes, users are not allowed to use their devices on a plane or in areas where smoking is banned. Stealth vaping is not an option and can lead to some sizeable fines if caught. Tampering with smoke detectors is also a federal offence, so just don’t even go there.
Remember, the above guidelines only apply to U.S. based travel where vaping is legal. Many countries around the world have strict smoking laws and violators can face up to five years in prison for breaking their laws. If you are traveling outside of the country, always research the country’s laws so you don’t accidentally extend your vacation longer than planned. No matter where you are traveling, it’s usually a good idea to pack an inexpensive device that won’t cause emotional distress if lost, stolen, or confiscated.