Looking for the rules and regulations for flying with vape gear? We break down the do's and don'ts of vaping on your next get-away vacation!

Now things are getting back to normal, we can once again hop on a plane and travel to a different country.

However, if you’re planning on travelling with vape gear, then there are a few things you need to be aware of beforehand to ensure you fly safely. 

The good news is that you are at complete liberty to bring your vape on board a plane.

But there are just a few rules to follow if you want to keep out of trouble.

In this article, we’ll take you through the dos and don’ts of flying with vape gear.

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Fundamental Rules to be aware of:

  • Do not vape or attempt to charge your device onboard the plane. This is ALWAYS prohibited and can be extremely dangerous. 
  • Each airline will have slightly different regulations and codes of conduct. So always check the rules of your particular airline before arriving at the airport.
  • In some countries, like Egypt and India, vaping is illegal or highly restricted. Make sure you check the legality of vapes in your destination country before flying. 
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Carry on vs Checked Bags

The TSA website stipulates that while passengers are permitted to bring their e-cigarettes and vaping devices on the plane in their hand luggage.

However, it is forbidden to keep any vape-related devices in your checked baggage.

This includes lithium batteries, atomizers and other paraphernalia used for vaping.

In brief, when it comes to packing up your vape gear for vacation, always remember:

Carry on = OK!

Checked luggage = not OK!

If you follow this rule, you shouldn’t encounter any difficulties travelling with vape gear.

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100ml is the Magic Number

Just like with toiletries and cosmetics, your e-juice shouldn’t exceed 100ml a bottle.

It’s also recommended that you avoid using glass containers as they risk breaking and potentially spilling. 

As with all our other liquids, you will have to place your 100ml of e-juice in a clear zip-lock back when going through security.

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Pack Your Batteries in Your Carry On

You are allowed to travel with dry batteries (AA, AAA, C and D) in both your carry-on and checked luggage.

However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flat out prohibits loose lithium batteries from being conveyed in checked baggage. Which includes cell phone batteries and vape batteries.

Feel free to bring a vape battery onboard the plane in your carry-on bag, but make sure you take ample precaution.

You don’t want to appear on the news as the cause of an in-flight fire because your vape pen is combusted.

Most vape devices and e-cigarettes run on lithium batteries, which, if in contact with heat, can cause fires.

In the past, there have been cases of fires erupting mid-flight and causing the pilot to have to carry out an emergency landing. 

This occurred back in 2016 on an American Airlines flight. And although no one was harmed. It brought into question issues surrounding the safety of transporting vaping devices onboard.

To be sure this doesn’t happen, make sure you research how to care for your e-cigarette and vape batteries properly.

In addition, since vape technology is always progressing, you need to keep up to date with the correct procedures for charging and transporting your device.

Tips for Travelling with a Vaping Device

flying with vape gear

Stock up on coils

It might not be that easy to find a vape shop in your destination country, so it’s a good idea to stock up your coil supply before flying.

That way, when your coil burns out, you won’t have to have waste your vacation looking for a vape shop!

Buying empty vape 100ml juice bottles

Most vape juices are sold in 120ml volumes, which is quite the dilemma when travelling, as you can’t carry on bottles exceeding 100ml.

To counter this, you can buy empty bottles with a 100ml capacity and decant your juice into them. 

Empty your vape tank

The cabin pressure in the airplane can result in your e-juice inside the vape tank leaking,

Potentially ruining whatever else you have in your carry-on.

If you empty your tank before boarding, you can avoid this happening. 

Store Vape Batteries in a Battery Case

Some airlines demand that all passengers store their vape batteries in a battery case. They might even make you dispose of any loose batteries.

Buy a battery case ahead of time, so you don’t get caught out by this and end up throwing away perfectly good vape batteries

low-angle photography of airliner during flight flying with vape gear

In Conclusion

As long as you carry everything vape-related in your carry-on baggage, have 100ml bottles of e-juice, and bring along a battery case.

Then you shouldn’t encounter any difficulties when flying with your vape gear. 

The final thing to mention is that it is completely prohibited to vape on board the plane, even if done so discreetly.

It can set off smoke alarms, irritate crew and fellow passengers, and in the worst case, even lead to your arrest.

So always wait until you’ve left the airport in your destination country before vaping!

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