Can you Bring a Vape or Ecig on a Plane?

03/26/2024
LOOKAH
A plane and some colorful dab pens


There are plenty of vape pens out there, whether they are THC, CBD, nicotine, or some kind of herbal infusion.

If you enjoy vaping and have an upcoming flight, you’re probably wondering whether you can take e-cigarettes on an airplane.

In this article, Lookah will discuss how to fly with your vape pens and e-liquids.

Can you bring a vape on a plane?

A man putting black case hand lugge into ovrehead storage compartment on a plane

Electronic smoking devices, like vape pens and e-cigarettes, contain lithium batteries and are considered dangerous goods due to their risk of smoke, fire and extreme heat.

As such, they are restricted to on how they can be packed when preparing for travel on an aircraft.

According to the TSA, you can bring your vape or electronic cigarette with you when you travel on a plane, and you are actually only allowed to pack it in your carry-on, not your checked luggage.

Each lithium ion battery must not exceed a Watt-hour (Wh) rating of 100 Wh; or, for lithium metal batteries, a lithium content of two grams. You also can’t charge the device or the batteries while aboard the flight.

If you fail to adhere to this rule, you might lose your devices if luggage handlers x-ray them. They might even decide to neglect your luggage at the departure airport. Therefore, you are advised to have your vape devices on board in your cabin luggage.

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Why can't I put a vape in my Checked Luggage?

A vape pen and a roller case

Vape pens cannot go in your checked luggage because airplane cargo holds are not temperature-regulated.

The temperature can drop to freezing or rise to toasty based on weather and flight patterns, and lithium-ion battery explosions have actually been brought down, and people have been hurt, by fires started from exploding lithium batteries in the cargo hold.

These chemically started fires also release toxic fumes, making it dangerous for crew to even fight the fire.

How do I safely pack my vape in my carry-on?

"Passengers are required to take effective measures for preventing accidental activation of the heating element of the device when transporting the devices," the TSA website states.

Here are a few ways to ensure that your vape and its batteries are prevented from accidentally activating, from the FAA:

Remove the battery from the electronic smoking device;

Separate the battery from the heating coil;

Place the electronic smoking device into a protective case;

Use a protective cover, safety latch, or locking device on the electronic smoking device's heating coil activation button.

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Can I travel With Vape Juice on an Airplane?

liquid containers in a clear plastic bag

Unlike vape pens and batteries, vape juice and other liquids can be kept in checked luggage or carry-on bags, provided they meet certain requirements and are packed according to TSA regulations.

Your e-juice is subject to the general 3-1-1 Liquid Carry-On Rule established in 2006 by the TSA that basically dictates that:

3 – All liquids packed into carry-on baggage must be placed in bottles not exceeding the amount of 3. 4 ounces (or approximately 100 milliliters).

1 – All of your bottles of liquid must fit into a single, clear, zip lock bag not to exceed 1> quart.

1 – Each passenger is allowed only 1> quart-sized bag.

By following these guidelines, you can streamline the security process and ensure a hassle-free experience when carrying e-liquids on a plane.

The rest of your e-juice can be packed away as part of your checked luggage but should be packed well and secured that the potential of accidental spillage doesn’t end in soaked, ruined clothing.

Can you pack THC or CBD oils On a Plane?

A plane in the sky and a bottle of vape oil

The legality of THC varies in every state. But federally, It is illegal to transport cannabis or any concentrated form of it ( like THC oil cartridges ) through national and international flights. If you are caught with cannabis, you could face prison time.

CBD products are available in various forms such as CBD oil, Delta-8 gummies, Delta-8 carts, etc. It is perfectly permissible to fly with any CBD-infused product as the THC concentration is less than 0.3%.

It is important to note that "TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer." That means TSA is not actively seeking out your THC oils.

Do with that information what you will. such as remove any packaging or labels that might indicate that your vape is a THC or cannabis product.

In addition, Trying to take cannabis or any other drugs across international borders could land you in serious trouble.

You may get away with traveling around the US with cannabis or THC vapes but in many countries including France it is illegal.

Can you bring a vape on international trips?

Vapes are allowed to carry on international flights when you are traveling to a country where they are legal.

If you are traveling to a country where vapes are not legal, you'll need to research the specific policies regarding visitors bringing vapes.

At least 37 countries have banned the sale of e-cigarettes, as of March 2024.

Including Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, India, Iran, Japan, N. Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Qatar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Palestine.

Can You Vaping on a Plane?

A man vaping and a plane flying

Unfortunately, no. There is no vaping (or smoking) permitted on any US airliner, and you are also responsible for preventing your vape pen from "firing" (button press, heating up) while in the air.

Attempting to vape on a flight could result in significant fines, criminal charges, or being banned from future flights with that airline.

Can I Vaping in an Airport?

Many airports have designated smoking areas, but it's crucial to note that not all of them allow vaping.

Always check the airport's rules or ask the staff for guidance. In some cases, vaping indoors may result in fines or other penalties.

Which vape alternative on a long haul flight?

A better idea is to find a suitable nicotine alternative to use while flying.

There are nicotine chewing gums, lozenges, and patches. Most of these products are legal to use in aircrafts and in airports.

They’re not as enjoyable as vaping, but they’re not going to get you in trouble with airport security either.

Conclusion

Traveling with vape pens in the US is legal as long as you follow the rules and regulations in place. Always pack your electronic cigarettes in your carry-on luggage.

You can pack your vaping juice inside carry-on or checked luggage but be aware that the juice can leak from the e-liquid vials. Therefore, you need to pack them accordingly.

By keeping these considerations in mind you’ll be well-prepared for your next adventure with your beloved vape cartridges. No more unexpected surprises at the airport – just smooth, relaxed, and safe travels ahead.

There are exceptions though, so always check with your airline before you travel. And remember to check the law around e-cigarettes at your destination too. They are illegal in some countries.