Will TSA take my vape out of my carry-on luggage?


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Any vaper who has to travel will wonder if they can bring vapes through airport security and onto a plane.

Will TSA take the vape out of your carry-on or checked luggage? How much vape juice can you carry and how should it be stored? How to pack your vape device correctly?

The good news is that you can bring your vape on the plane! However, TSA has strict guidelines when it comes to the transportation of electronic cigarettes or vapes.

It's important to be aware of these policies to avoid any delays. This article will guide you through the TSA regulations for vapes, to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable travel experience!

The TSA rules and Regulations for vapes and e-cigarettes

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Here, we've listed some of the TSA policies, rules, and regulations in 2024:

Electronic smoking devices are allowed only in carry-on baggage. Don't pack vapes in checked bags.

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

Each lithium ion battery must not exceed a Watt-hour (Wh) rating of 100 Wh; or for lithium metal batteries, a lithium content of 2 grams.

Can You take a Vape or ecig on Plane?

Yes, you can indeed take your vape with you onto a plane, However, vapes, e-cigarettes, and similar devices must be carried in your carry-on baggage only, not your checked baggage.

What happens if the TSA finds a vape in your checked bag?

Due to concerns over explosions and fires caused by lithium batteries of vaping devices in the cargo hold, Airlines strictly prohibit placing e-cigarettes in checked luggage.

If you forget and your checked luggage is x-rayed, you're liable to have your batteries confiscated, and as an added bonus, all your belongings in the bag tossed around in the search.

TSA could even pull your suitcase off the plane and leave it at the departure airport.

Will TSA take my vape out of my carry-on bag?

According to TSA guidelines, passengers are allowed to bring a vape device on a plane in their carry-on baggage.

So, Don't worry at all! Just leave it in your carry-on bag and it'll go through the x-ray machine.

For safety, we also highly recommend placing batteries in a separate plastic battery case, That way there is no chance anything could go off unexpectedly, and TSA has no business confiscating your vape.

How much vape juice can you carry and how should it be stored?

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Since vape juice is in fact a liquid, you must follow normal TSA rules regarding liquids.

You can take vape liquid in both checked bags and carry-on bags depending on their size.

If you want to bring them in carry on, they must be no larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml) and stored in a 1 quart clear zip top bag with the rest of your liquids, gels, and pastes.

Any liquids larger than 100ml must be taken in your checked bags, but we still suggest putting them in a zip top bag due to leaking that can occur from the pressure changes when flying.

After all, you don't want you clothes or other items to be stained with vape juice as soon as you get to your destination.

How do you pack a vape for a flight?

1. To play it safe, you need to disassemble and turn off your vape.

2. Take battery out, put it in a a dedicated protective storage case to prevents accidental activation and short-circuiting.

3. Drain the tank and put it into a plastic baggy as the oil may leak due to cabin pressure changes.

4. Keep all the devices in a transparent “ziplock” style bag in your carry-on bag.

It helps security personnel quickly verify its contents at the security checkpoint.

Can You Vape on a Plane?

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Vaping on a plane is dangerous, and illegal that could get you the possibility of being fined, arrested, or even jail time when you reach your destination.

When you smoke or vape in the bathroom or cabin, the smoke alarm quietly alerts the flight deck.

Bring a nicotine replacement product like gum, lozenges or patches, if you're concerned about cravings.

Other Tips For Traveling Vapers

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It's important to note that while TSA provides a general framework, individual airlines may impose additional restrictions.

So check with your airline on any limitations on the number of devices that can be carried for personal use by a passenger or any other unusual policies.

Remember, the TSA prohibits charging vape devices on planes, so make sure your device is powered down before boarding.

Regional and national vaping regulations differ drastically around the world. some countries, like Cambodia, Thailand, and Singapore, have banned e-cigarettes. Always verify beforehand!

Cannabis products, including THC vapes and CBD oil have their own specific rules. While they might be legal locally, at a federal level or your destination country they are still illegal, so there are some risks.


As you can see, taking a vape on a plane is simple – you just need to make sure you pack it in your carry-on luggage. Adhering to size regulations for gels and liquids will speed up the security screening process.

Pay extra attention to make sure you do not leave your vapes and lithium-ion batteries in your checked baggage because that could present major risks to the flight and also get you into legal trouble.

The TSA has been dealing with vaping for a long time now, and as long as you respect their rules and procedures you will get through your trip with your vaping gear safe and sound.

In addition, Rules and regulations are subject to change depending on your airline, or destination country. Hence, cross-check with your airlines and take all the necessary steps for safe travel.

Have a great trip and happy vaping!