Vape Devices Are Allowed on Most Planes if You Follow These Rules
Spring Break is coming up quickly (though not quickly enough for some of us). In your mad dash to catch a plane to Daytona, Cancun, Tahoe or whatever sunny locale is beckoning you this year, you may want to refresh yourself on one of the most common questions we hear around this time of year: “Can you bring a vape on a plane?” The short answer: yes, vape devices and vape gear are permissible on flights. Now for the long answer…In 2016, the TSA tightened the rules on batteries for vape devices since those being used to power cheap vaporizers were considered a risk in the cargo hold. Therefore, though vape batteries are still permitted on flights, they cannot be packed into your checked baggage. If your battery is built into your e-cig or vaping device, then the entire device must either be kept on your person or as part of your carry-on.
Vape Batteries Must Be Removed from Checked Baggage
The Benefits of a Disassembled Vape DevicesBecause of these tightened regulations, it’s a good idea to fully disassemble your vape devices prior to travel. Batteries should be removed from mods, atomizers should be detached, and your current vape cartridge should be emptied of e-juice. Don’t feel like emptying your e-juice? Then your tank is going to have to be packed in accordance with the 3-1-1 rule (listed in detail below). If you have your original e-cig or vaporizer packaging, it can be helpful to re-pack the parts into the box so that TSA can easily identify the device and its pieces during inspection.
The TSA-Enforced 3-1-1 RuleYour e-juice is subject to the general 3-1-1 Liquid Carry-On Rule established in 2006 by the TSA that basically dictates that:
- 3 – All liquids packed into carry-on baggage must be placed in bottles not exceeding the amount of 3.4 ounces (or approximately 100 milliliters).
- 1 – All of your bottles of liquid must fit into a single, clear, zip lock bag not to exceed 1 quart.
- 1 – Each passenger is allowed only 1 quart-sized bag.
Removing Your Box Mod
If you’re using a box mod, that has to be removed in addition to your batteries. You can even carry mods and batteries in your pockets when you board a plane but they’ll be subject to the same inspection as anything in your pockets. A high quality carrying case for vape kits can come in handy for bringing your batteries and mods onto the plane with you.