Article by Nicholas Daul
Here at VapinDirect we are frequently asked about how to travel by airplane with your vaping devices and e-liquid. So we thought we would shed a little light on the topic for you. Of course you want to follow TSA guidelines very carefully, so no problems occur and to take into consideration the tips we give you. Let’s jump right into it.
What can you bring on the plane?
E-liquid – Yes, you can bring your vape liquid with you when you travel. TSA will allow up to 100mL (3.4oz) per bottle of e-liquid onto the plane in your carry-on bag. Anything more than that will have to go into your checked luggage. We recommend you travel with plastic e-liquid bottles and not glass bottles, so the chances of a bottle breaking are minimized. You must also put your e-liquid in a clear zip-lock quart sized bag. This will also prevent any potential leaking in your luggage. All of your liquids, including vape e-liquid, must fit into a quart sized zip lock bag.
Vape Devices – You can bring your vaping devices with you when you travel but only in your carry-on bag.
Specific TSA guidelines state: "The FAA prohibits these devices in checked bags. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). Check with your airline for additional restrictions. Remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside."
Since your vape device can only be packed in a carry-on bag, make sure to put it in a clear small bag. You always want to make sure everything is organized and packed in a clear bag in case TSA stops you for screening.
We also advise you to keep your tank empty. The air pressure may cause the tank to leak and it will make a mess.
Batteries – You can bring your batteries with you when flying but make sure they go with you onto the plane in your carry on.
TSA states, "You may travel with dry batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D) in your carry-on or checked baggage. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits loose lithium batteries from being transported in checked baggage."
Although TSA says dry batteries can go in checked baggage, we advise you to just keep them in your carry-on. Also, for safety reasons, you should always carry your batteries in a battery case. Carrying your batteries loosely around other types of metals can be very dangerous and a fire hazard.
Build Tools – You can bring building tools for your vape device with you when you travel. TSA does have specific rules when it comes to tools. Considering you may have many different types of tools to bring with you it is best to go on TSA’s website, which is provided at the bottom of the page to double check what can be in your carry-on or in your checked luggage. Most of the tools you will bring will most likely have to go in your checked luggage.
Keep everything in your carry-on
Considering the only vape related item allowed in your checked luggage is e-liquid, it is easier to keep everything vape related in your carry-on. If you are traveling with more than 100mL (3.4oz) of e-liquid, you will have to put it in your checked luggage. You cannot put your vape device, most batteries or battery charger in your checked luggage. Also keeping everything in your carry-on will help prevent losing anything.
Not everyone knows about vaping, so it is always best to have all vape related items organized and stored properly in case you are stopped by TSA. This way it will make it easier for you to explain to the TSA agent what you are carrying, and the process will go much faster.
Know before you go
It is always best to do your own research too before you travel. Especially if you are traveling internationally, you will want to research that country’s vaping laws and restrictions. While traveling internationally your vape device may be confiscated or you may be fined for vaping in a foreign country depending on their laws and regulations.
Other important information
Vaping on the plane is not allowed so please do not vape on the plane. Even vaping in the plane’s restroom is not permitted and plane smoke detectors are very sensitive and have a chance of going off. As tempting as it can be, please do not vape on the plane.
Do not charge your batteries or vape device on the plane. Most planes now have USB charging ports designing for electronic devices, but this does not pertain to your vape device or batteries. Because it can be a potential fire hazard, it will be safer to not use the USB charging ports for your vape device or batteries.
We hope that this information makes your future travels easy and convenient for you when flying with your vape device and e-liquid. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us!