If you are flying somewhere to be with family over the holidays or planning a getaway, you’re probably wondering what to do with your vape kit if you haven’t taken it on a plane before. The general rules are to treat it regulations-wise as if you were smoking a cigarette, pack it in your carry-on, and research legality of ecigarettes in your destination country before you go.
Vaping within airports
Certain airports in England used to allow vaping, but this is no longer the case. Vaping is now treated as smoking in all airports in Great Britain, and vapers are expected to use designated smoking areas.
If you are travelling internationally, try to avoid any indoor smoking lounges in the airport - they are often full of clouds of cigarette smoke. Outdoors smoking areas will be much kinder to your lungs.
Is my ecig allowed aboard the airplane?
This is different with each airline. Heathrow has a helpful list of contacts for each airline so you can determine this in advance. If you forget to look it up in advance, ask the agent when you are checking in. Most airlines only allow you to put it in your carry-on and not checked baggage. You are also generally not allowed to charge your e cigarette on the airplane.
DO NOT attempt to vape in the airline bathroom. Smoke detectors will go off and you will face the same penalties as a smoker trying to sneak a cigarette in the bathroom. If you are facing a long international flight, you’ll want to use a patch or nicotine gum to control cravings.
Extra precautions for eliquid & travelling to the US
If you are packing extra e juice, make sure it is packed separately in a clear ziploc bag in your carry-on. See the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) blog for more specific information. Note that including vape kits in checked baggage is completely banned in the United States, so make sure to pack it in your carry-on.
Legality in various countries
If you are travelling anywhere but Europe or North America, you should find out if ecigarettes and nicotine-containing e liquid is legal there before you travel. Officials in some countries may be unfamiliar with e-cigarettes and you may have to answer a number of questions about them while going through security screening.
Remember while travelling that you are an ambassador for vapers everywhere - and enjoy your holidays!