Is vaping allowed on an airplane? This is a common question a lot of people ask nowadays. Unfortunately, vaping is prohibited on airplanes. This is not only due to the fact that it will irritate other passengers on the airplane as a result of the plane’s enclosed nature but also because it is prohibited on both international and domestic flights by federal law. In recent years, there has been a lot of confusion on vaping on airplanes as well as in airports due to the fact that several airports and airlines set up different rules and regulations on this aspect. These rules have been modified over the years so much so that they have affected even the e-liquids and devices which should be carried aboard.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, the FAA prohibits the carrying of these vaping devices in checked bags. Vape pens, electronic nicotine delivery systems, atomizers, vaporizers and battery powered e-cigarettes can only be transported in the aircraft cabin either on a person or in carry-on bags. All the vaping devices, as well as electronic cigarettes, should be removed from carry-on bags at the checkpoint which are carried out at the plane-side or gate.
The guidelines set down by federal law on vaping in airports vary from airport to airport, even though a majority of these airports have some sort of regulation on e-cigarettes. There are some areas designated for a quick vape break before getting on the plane in some airports. It is advisable you take a look at the airports’ rules on vaping before packing your stuff.
It is of utmost importance that you comprehend the regulations which apply to e-cigarettes and also the reasons for which these rules were set. You are not allowed to carry e-cigarettes in checked bags as they must be carried in person or on carry-on bags through security. This implies that you will need to place all e-liquids in clear plastic bags like all other liquids which pass through security. This also means that containers with limits of over 3.4 ounces of liquids cannot be taken too. It is advisable that you empty your vape tank before your flight as they can leak during the flight. I’ll also advise that you place your e-liquids and e-cigarettes in a Ziploc paper or wrap them in a paper towel as soon as you go through security. This is due to the fact that the varying pressure in the plane as it ascends to higher altitudes may cause your e-liquids to leak.
There are three simple rules you should always consider when you want to pack your vape before a flight.
- Firstly, you need to make sure the extra batteries are correctly stored i.e. they should not be placed close to a magnet, loose change or anything which could cause an ignition.
- You also have to make sure the devices are turned off and stored in the prescribed containers. Charging your vape while on a flight is also prohibited.
- Finally, and most importantly, view and follow the rules and regulations laid down by the airport on vaping.
To conclude, all the above information if heeded to will go a long way to help those individuals traveling with their e-cigarettes or vaping devices.