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…

Vape Batteries Must Be Removed from Checked Baggage

batteries of vape devices cannot be packed into carry-on luggage
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.

The Benefits of a Disassembled Vape Devices

Because 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 an inspection.

The TSA-Enforced 3-1-1 Rule

Your 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.
The rest of your e-juice can be packed away as part of your checked luggage but should be packed well and secured. It may even be in your best interest to pack smaller bottles of e-juice so that the potential of accidental spillage doesn’t end in soaked, ruined clothing.

Removing Your Box Mod

box mod and batteries should be removed but can be kept in a carrying case
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.

No Vapes on a Plane

This should come as no surprise but you are not permitted to vape on a plane even though you can bring a vape on a plane. The main reason you can’t expect to blow clouds among the clouds has to do with the battery being considered a potential fire hazard. Airlines want to make sure you keep your batteries well separated from your vape devices to prevent any unforeseen circumstances of a fiery nature. In the event that you have a fully disassembled vape pen on you and decide to sneak away to the bathroom for a quick puff, you could actually set off the ultra-sensitive smoke alarms with which planes are specially equipped. While sometimes a tackle from an air marshal seems like a reasonable risk to take for a quick puff, it’s definitely not worth it.

UPDATE: The Potential Hazards of Vaping on a Plane

While vaping on a plane may seem like no big deal, it became one for the passengers and crew of Air China flight CA106 when a co-pilot decided to shut off recycling fans to hide that he was using a vape pen. Instead of de-activating the recycling fans, he hit some nearby controls resulting in depressurization of the cabin and a drop in altitude of nearly 20,000 feet. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident though the entire crew of flight CA106 was fired for the co-pilot’s error. While this incident was not a direct result of an individual vaping on a plane, it further solidifies the hard ban on actively vaping as a passenger or crew member.

Research Regional Laws and Restrictions

Since these are just the TSA and airline rules, it pays to familiarize yourself with the laws of your destination. This is especially true when traveling internationally. Not all countries are vape friendly and it would be a shame to make it through a 13-hour trip only to have your vape pen confiscated at the destination or even find yourself promptly put back on a plane home. And while a lot of the vape devices that we discuss on this blog are 420-friendly, the airlines are definitely not. If you’re packing concentrates as opposed to e-juice, you will likely be running into some trouble. The friendly skies are mostly friendly to vaporizers too. If you follow the above rules and research the e-cig laws and restrictions of your destination, you should be puffing on plumes again in no time. If you don’t want to deal with the rules, you can always sink a bit of cash into a disposable vaporizer. That way, if it should get confiscated or damaged, it’s no big loss. But people are traveling with vape devices every day without incident and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy the same freedom in your travels. can you bring a vape on a plane infographic
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Good thing to know that they allowed vape devices on most planes for as long as we follow all rules. I should bring my vape devices when I go to travel with no hesitations.

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C"est quand même chouette un blog ou les commentaires font preuve d"une réelle réflexion, ça repose de Face book Je partage vos idées, et je pense qu"on arrive à un nouveau tournant dans la vape. Effectivement les chipsets des box offrant toute la puissance possible, les constructeurs et les vapoteurs ont expérimenté la vape en gros nuages en faisant des progrès en termes de restitution des saveurs. Mais on voit aussi re-apparaître des box de 60 w, des chipsets sans contrôle de température, des atomiseurs MTL Certains vapoteurs geek, après quelques années de vape aérienne reviennent à des vapes plus tranquilles et des liquides plus nicotinés. Et puis ce que nous voyons dans l"évolution des atomiseur reconstructibles se produit aussi dans le domaine des clearomiseurs. Le Nautilus a enfin été détrôné, ! Il semble que le Zenith de Innokin (le frère du Ares) le dépasse. Ils arrivent même à faire des pods qui permettent de tenir presque une journée avec du liquide en 20 mg et une batterie de 400 mAh.. et qui ont du goût ! Bref, geek ou pas, toutes les vapes sont possibles et il serait temps d"une part que les vieux “leaders de la vape cessent de proclamer leur vape comme étant la bonne, et aux fabricants de liquide de ne s”intéresser qu"aux geek avec des fioles de 60 ml en 0 mg, laissant la place à SoGood et AlfaLiquide !

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