Can I Fly With My Vape Kit? A Guide to Vaping and Travel
Travel is an essential part of life for so many people, and with more than nine million Americans vaping or using electronic equivalents to traditional tobacco products, it’s safe to assume that there are a good number of individuals who are combining life on the go with vaping.
Most of us are familiar with the long-standing rules regarding tobacco smoke- the hows, then whens and the wheres – but with e-cigarette legislation still in a transitory and unstable position, travelling with a vape kit can be a minefield, especially if part of your journey requires you to be airborne.
Where can I vape when I’m traveling?
At the moment, there is no blanket ban on the use of e-cigarettes in American airports, this is left at the discretion of each airport to decide for themselves on what their policy will be. As of summer 2015, the following airports identified as being vape-friendly:
McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
Dulles International Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport
Miami International Airport
Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Tampa International Airport
But it’s always worth doing last-minute research on this, as changes in opinion and attitude towards e-cigarettes can mean sudden changes in policy.
When it comes to vaping on board, forget it. The Department of Transportation has banned use of all e-cigarettes on all commercial flights going in, out and around of the United States, and many airlines across the world already take a similar line.
Within the House transportation committee in February, a case was put forward to alter aviation policy to allow vaping on aircrafts. Whilst this attempt was unsuccessful, there’s nothing to say the rule won’t change in the future.
How can I prepare my vape kit for travel?
The first stop is passing through airport security. It is important to note that e-cigarette batteries are banned worldwide in check-in luggage. The reason for this is that batteries are generally powered by lithium, a substance that becomes volatile when exposed to extreme temperatures, damage or defects, and this can result in a device self-igniting and causing suitcases to catch fire; earlier this year Hawaiian Airlines reported such an incident that forced the pilot to make an emergency landing.
However, this only applies to the battery part of your device. Empty tanks, chargers and other accessories are still allowed in check-in luggage.
The TSA is currently still happy to allow passengers to take vape devices on board in carry-on, but there a few steps you can take to make this as painless as possible.
- Only take fluid in bottles that contain 100ml or less, and these must be placed in clear, 1-quart bags.
- Take your kit apart before you go through security. They are likely to ask you to do this any way to make sure you don’t have any contraband with in the device.
- It is also advisable to place your kit in the clear 1-quart bag as well. The easier it is for security staff to recognized what it is, the less inconvenience it will cause. Bear in mind there is an allocation of one bag per person, so make sure you have enough room.
- Changes in atmosphere pressure such as during a flight can play havoc with clearomizers and cause leakage. Avoid this by emptying it beforehand.
What if I’m going further afield?
E-cigarettes are legal through the United States, but use is regulated differently from state to state, so check what the lay of the land is before you travel.
For overseas trips, research is key. Consider the laws and rules of the country you are planning on visiting, and their customs. Vaping is illegal in Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong, the UAE and Singapore, so if you are traveling to these countries, you are probably well advised to leave your kit at home unless you want to face a hefty fine or potential jail time.
On a happier note, there are plenty of countries that have embraced vaping and you will have no problems with using your device. Some of the most vape-friendly countries include Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, India, Czech Republic, and Jamaica.
What experiences do you have when it comes to traveling and vaping? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.