Vaping and using things like e-cigarettes and other vaporizer devices have become increasingly popular among people who want to quit smoking. They’re a good alternative to cigarettes, which is why they’ve become so prevalent, but one area of concern for people who are vapor smokers is traveling by plane.
Certain restrictions can apply not only to the actual vaporizer device someone uses, but also their e-juice products.
With all the national spotlight that’s been on problems related to airlines and flying, it’s important to be proactive before going to the airport to make sure you don’t face unnecessary problems or delays.
The following are some key things to know if you’re traveling with vaporizer devices this summer.
According to the TSA, e-cigarettes and battery-powered vaporizing devices are only allowed in carry-on baggage and not checked bags. This is because of concerns regarding lithium ion batteries and low-quality devices, although it applies to all devices.
This means you shouldn’t try to travel with your vaporizing equipment in your checked bags or it may be taken away.
The TSA and travel organizations also warn travelers not try and bring vaping devices that are made to look like weapons or explosives, because of the potential problems that can create.
If you’re required to check your bag at the gate, which often happens on full flights, you should remove your vaping device beforehand and take it into the cabin with you.
You should also check with your specific airline before flying, because they may have their own restrictions or guidelines beyond what’s outlined by the FAA or TSA.
You’re also prohibited from bringing lithium-ion batteries with you via your checked luggage, but you can put them in your carry-on.
The TSA recommends bringing vaping devices and lithium ion batteries in an appropriate carrying case to avoid the possibility of starting a fire. The FAA completely prohibits carrying loose lithium ion batteries in your checked baggage.
Vaping on a Plane
You may already realize vaping on a plane is completely banned, but people don’t realize that charging their device on the plane is also. Both actions are forbidden by the Department of Transportation, with charging prohibited because of the potential fire hazard it can create.
As far as vapor smoking in airports, this just depends on the airport itself. For example, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, there are indoor smoking areas where vaping is allowed.
As far as e-juice products, these are guided by the same rules as any other liquids, so make sure if you’re carrying them on you don’t have more than the allotted amount in a container. This means you can bring containers of juice that are 3.4 ounces or smaller, and you should keep them stored not only in a container but also a zip lock bag to prevent messy spills.
Finally, these are rules that apply to flying in the U.S., but international airports and airlines may have their own guidelines that pertain to vaping, so make sure you check on these as well.