TSA Guidelines on Bringing E-Cigarettes and Vapes on Planes
by Bianca Medina July 10, 2017 28 Comments
Airlines regularly allow passengers to bring their E-Cigs, Vapes and accessories onto flights.
Do you have big trip coming up? Are you going to Europe for a week and don’t know if you can bring your vape on your travels? Well, good news.
You can bring your vape with you on a plane, but there are some rules every vape-enthusiast needs to be aware of.
- First and foremost is that vaping and charging your battery on the plane is prohibited and extremely dangerous.
- Second is to always double-check with the airline’s rules and restrictions to make you are complying with their policies.
However, this article will explain how you can safely and legally bring your vape or e-liquids on most plane trips and into airports without trouble.
Speaking of trouble. Be sure to check if vaping is allowed in the place your are going. Many countries have made vaping illegal to use or illegal to sell vape products.
Carry On Bags, Ok. Checked Bags, No.
When you take your vape, make sure it’s backed on your carry-on and not your check in luggage. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or plane side, all electronic cigarette and vaping devices, along with any spare lithium batteries, must be removed from the bag and should be taken with you in the aircraft cabin.
According to the TSA website, passengers are allowed to bring onto the plane electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, such as batteries, atomizers, only in their carry-on bags. However, passengers are not allowed to have any of these vape related items in their checked bags due to safety measures.
How much vape juice can I take on a plane?
For carry on bags, passengers are allowed to carry up to 100ml of liquids such as e-juice bottles. Anything more than 100ml will have to be put inside the checked baggage. It’s advised to avoid glass containers because it could be considered a hazard and has the possibility of breaking and spilling.
It is recommended that passengers place bottles in a quart-sized clear zip-lock bag.
This should allow you travel with more than one 100ml bottle if needed.
Batteries Allowed Only in Carry On
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.
It’s a good idea to bring a vape battery case to hold your batteries for the duration of the trip. Always take precaution. You wouldn’t want to be the next guy who ends up on the news for starting a fire during a flight because your vape pen decided to explode!
Typically most vape devices and E-cigarettes are powered by lithium batteries, which, if exposed to excessive heat or damage, can lead to disastrous consequences. In one instance, a fire erupted mid flight on an American Airlines trip when a passenger with a carry on e-cigarette claimed the device malfunctioned and had a thermal runaway. The device began to overheat increasingly, resulting in a small fire that was immediately extinguished by the crew. Luckily, no one was harmed, but it did result in questions being raised concerning the safety of traveling with vaporizers and e-cig devices.
To avoid potential fires it is always a good idea to read up on how to properly care for e cigarettes and vape batteries. With vape technology advancing year after year it is always good to stay up to date on how to charge and carry your device.
Other vape tips when traveling.
Stock up on coils
You might have a good idea of when to change your vape coil already but having a couple of coils to replace ones that have burnt out will make sure your vape experience is not affected. Carrying some with you can save you in a crunch instead of having to look for a local vape shop in the country you are going to.
Consider buying empty vape juice bottles
TSA and most airline carriers do not allow bottles over 100ml. This can be a problem due to some vape juice bottles being available in a 120ml option. Buying some empty e liquid bottles that are smaller than 100ml might be a good idea to distribute your e juice into approved TSA liquid containers.
Empty your vape tank
Cabin pressure inside the airplane can cause the e liquid in your vape tank to leak. Emptying your vape tank ahead of time can save e juice from leaking in your bag and possibly ruining whatever is in your carry on.
Buy vape battery containers / place vape batteries in a battery case
Some airline carriers require that all vape batteries be stored in a separate battery case. Having a couple of vape battery containers available just incase can save you a headache of having to throw away a perfectly good vape battery, or buying a new one once you arrive.
Tired of reading? We got you. Check out our quick video on traveling with your vape for a brief rundown of this article.
Yes you can bring vapes onto planes, but be responsible.
To bring a vaporizer and e-cigarette device onto the plane, you must have it with you on your carry-on bag. Nothing besides juices and e-liquids can be stored in the checked baggage. If you are to carry e-liquids in your carry-on bag, they must be stored in a transparent case and can only contain up to 100ml.
Vaping or “stealth vaping” is strictly prohibited on a plane. Even if done discreetly, vaping on a plane could trigger alarms and, if discovered, could easily lead to an arrest.
It’s great that airlines allow vape-lovers to take their mods and equipment with them, so in return, we should respect the rules and regulations set in place that are really there for our own safety.
Yes, you should avoid flying with a filled cartridges or pods to avoid possible leaks.
Flying from Boston to England (will be there 3 months) I have a sourin edge. I will be packing many bottles of salt nic juice and empty pods in my checked bag. I am flying aerlingus. I am keeping my device and batteries with me in my carry on. Should I throw out my filled pod before boarding the plane?
Yes, it would be a good idea to empty your vape before bringing it on the plane. Pressure changes during the flight mean your vape will likely leak if there is any liquid in the tank.
Can you leave your liquid inside your vape on the plane or do you have to empty it
October 24, 2019
Your bottles should be okay to travel with you. TSA requires that the bottles be 100ml or less, and be placed in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. Essentially allowing you to carry approximately 9 100ml bottles with you.
October 24, 2019
So I know it says e-liquid in the carry on bag is limited to under 100ml. Is that per bottle or? I intend on taking 1 75ml and one 60ml bottle and was wondering if it would be ok for both of those to be in my carry on bag?
October 17, 2019
We recommend strongly to adapt to the vaping laws of the location you are visiting to best avoid fines, or in some cases, imprisonment. Safe travels!
October 17, 2019
I am from a country where vaping is legal at the age of 18, but if I go from that country to somewhere where it is 21, or the opposite, if im going from somewhere where it is 21 to a country that is 18, can I get in trouble? Need an answer by tomorrow. Thank you!
October 10, 2019
Hi Nikko, we recommend leaving your vape at home. Vaping with the use of e-cigarettes is highly restricted in Japan.
October 10, 2019
can i take e-cig from philippines airport to japan airport?
September 19, 2019
Hi Gabrielle, Good question. We do not believe so. It may be a good idea to prepare to disassemble in the event that the airport you are visiting has stricter regulations.
September 19, 2019
I have a Nord Smok, do I have to take the coil out of the mouthpiece and completely disassemble it?
George from Ruthless
Great question! The information on Southwest’s website seems it may be approved. https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/pack-with-care.html
Also please be aware that vaping in the public in the Philippines is banned.
Am flying from the southwest USA to the Philippine islands is a disassembled cape in my carry-on approved?
I was wondering if you can just leave it in your carry on the bag the whole time or will you have to take it out at some point?
February 19, 2019
I am of smoking age in the state I live in, but I have family in California where the smoking age is 21. Will TSA not let me bring my vape back with me when I go to the airport in California. That’s my biggest concern
Brian From Ruthless
You may not put your Juul in a checked bag. Put it in your carry on bag or on your person!
do you know the rules about JUUL ecig. on the plain? thanks
Brian From Ruthless
You can bring as many as you can fit in 1-quart sized bag. Remember, even if your 120 ml e-juice is half full, you still won’t bring it on your person.
how many 100ml bottles can i carry on my person (carry-on)
Brian From Ruthless
The batteries should be removed from your mod or vape. Remember, batteries cannot be checked in. If you have an internal battery like a vape pen, remove the tank/atomizer from the battery.
Best practice would be to disassemble all components and pack it neatly in a case. So that, if you do get stopped, you don’t have to go through the hassle of disassemble your vape. Hope that helps Autumn, and have a good trip!
So I knew all of that, I’m just wondering if I can bring my vape altogether. Like batteries in mod. Tank on the mod. Or do I have to take it apart?
hi this year im going on vacation to canada ,toronto from belgium ,how are the TSA rules for vaping items
Brian From Ruthless
You can bring as many as you can carrry in your “carry on bag” or on your person! I would check with your airline for additional restrictions to be ont he safe side.
how many mods can i bring on the plane?
LEEANN, you remember 9/11 thats why you can only bring 100ml of any liquid on the plane, its determine that 100ml of explosives wont critically damage the plane if it get passed security.
December 12, 2017
Not sure how TSA came up with 100ml. I think this rule came up around 2006 when a terrorist tried to bring in a combination of explosive liquids on board. This will be the rule until they can come up with technology that can screen liquids for explosives. If you have a 120 ml bottle and it’s only half full, you still won’t be able to bring it on board. Just remember that you can fit multiple travel sized containers that are each less than 3.4 ounces or 100ml in a 1-quart sized bag. Check out the liquids rule here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule .. Happy Travelling!
December 02, 2017
why can i only bring 100 ml of juice on a plane??
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Bringing vapes, e-cigarettes, e-liquids and e-juices onto planes is pretty common, but there are a few rules every vape-enthusiast should be aware of.
Can you take a vape on a plane?
So you’ve switched over from normal cigarettes to a vaping device, and now you’re wondering, can you bring a vape on a plane? Like with normal cigarettes, you are not permitted to use your vape or electronic cigarette while in flight. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring it with you when you travel. There are different guidelines for the device itself and the liquid, so read on to learn about taking a vape on a plane.
Note: This post is written referencing TSA rules for travel from airports in the USA. Some countries may have different rules, so if you’re flying from an airport in another country, please look up the rules for the authority in that country.
So can you take a vape pen on a plane?
There are differences between taking a vape in carry on and bringing a vape in checked luggage, so make sure you know the rules to avoid having your vape pen confiscated.
Can you bring a vape on a plane in carry on luggage?
You can take e cigarettes on a plane in your carry on bag! TSA actually requires you to pack it in your carry on luggage, not your checked bag, so this is probably a good thing for most of you to be able to keep it with you. But as a reminder, leave it in your bag – no smoking on board the aircraft.
Are electronic cigarettes allowed on airplanes in checked luggage?
This is a strict no, you can’t pack your vape in checked luggage because of the batteries and the risk of catching fire. This goes for all e-cigarettes, vape pens, or similar devices. Keep this in mind in case the airline decides to gate check your carry on, and be sure to remove the vape before handing over your bag.
Can you take vaping liquid on a plane?
Since vaping liquid is in fact a liquid, you must follow normal security rules regarding liquids. This means you can bring vaping liquid in your carry on as long as the container is 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller and fits in your 1 quart clear zip top liquids bag. Larger amounts must be packed in your checked luggage.
Tips for bringing a vape on a plane
Aside from always packing your vape pen in your carry on, not in checked luggage, here are some tips to help you travel with a vape.
Never turn the vape on while in flight. You’re not allowed to use it or charge it while on board the plane. You might even want to disconnect the battery to eliminate the chance of accidentally turning it on.
Always check the airline’s website to understand their rules about flying with a vaping device. The airline could have stricter rules than TSA.
Never fly with marijuana. If you have a weed vape, leave the weed itself at home, and thoroughly clean your vape before you fly. Even if it’s legal in the state where you live, it’s still illegal under US federal law, and it is not allowed in checked or carry on luggage.
CBD is a little different, but rules vary greatly depending on what country you’re in or even which state in the US. For more info, check out this guide from FoxNomad on how to travel with CBD.
If you’re traveling internationally, research the rules and laws of that country. Vapes and electronic cigarettes are not treated the same everywhere, and you wouldn’t want your expensive vape pen to get confiscated, or worse, for you to end up in trouble with the law.
Hopefully this answers all your questions about taking a vape on a plane!
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