E-Cigarettes and Air Travel
If you vape and travel, you might have wondered whether your device will be allowed in the airport, through security and on the plane. Here's the information you need!
At CIGAVETTE, we have multiple different vaping devices to choose from, from disposables, to rechargeable e-cigarettes, to vaporizers. What they all have in common is a battery, e-liquid cartridge, and a vaporizing component. The composition and function of e-cigarettes have resulted in the mandate from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that e-cigarette products are to be regulated like tobacco products. This means that e-cigarettes have been largely prohibited in the same places that you can’t smoke cigarettes. Since this regulation, some regional and state governments have banned smoking e-cigarettes indoors, which includes smoking on planes, and in some airports. So, the ever-present No Smoking signs in planes do apply to your e-cig. However, it is important to keep in mind when traveling that vaping regulations can vary across airlines, airports and countries.
Some airports in the US have terminals where vaping is permitted, including John F Kennedy International and Laguardia in New York, as well as airports in Miami and Tampa, Florida. Toronto also allows passengers to vape in the airport. Some airports that have designated smoking areas where vaping is permitted include: Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (US), Heathrow Airport (UK), and Frankfurt Airport (Germany), some of the busiest airports in each respective country.
However in others such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Francisco International Airports, vaping is not allowed, as well as in countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Argentina. So when traveling, make sure to check for each airport’s regulations before using your vape.
Fortunately, the devices are still allowed in airports and on planes, just their use is prohibited. But of course, you can always step outside to enjoy a quick puff.
Vapes Through Airport Security
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is responsible for upholding regulations in airports across the US. Regarding e-cigarettes as devices that are battery powered with a heating element that vaporizes liquid, their website reads:
- These devices are prohibited in checked baggage and may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person).
- They may not be used or charged on the aircraft.
- When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or planeside, all electronic cigarette and vaping devices, along with any spare lithium batteries, must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin.
CIGAVETTE devices contain lithium batteries, so they are not to be placed in checked baggage, it is safest to keep them with you in the pressurized cabin of the aircraft. CIGAVETTE vaporizers eliminate the hassle of refilling your own e-liquid, but if you are using a device with separate e-liquid, those rules simply must comply with the TSA’s 3-1-1 liquid policy, "3-1-1 = 3.4 oz containers or less that fit in a quart-size, zip top, clear plastic bag (one bag per person)."
So, when traveling with your vaping device(s) and cartridges in tow, make sure to keep them in your carry-on bag or on your person, and take them out when being screened. When packing your e-cigarette, it would be smart to keep it in a case such as our PREMIERE or ULTIMATE Series Carry Cases.
On the Plane
To conclude, vaping is prohibited on planes, but you are safe to travel with your devices as long as they are properly stored, in carry-on bags or on your person. Also remember to never charge your device aboard the plane, and pay attention to airline-specific regulations. Happy travels!