Vaping devices all carry the same technology: they all have a battery, a cartridge, a heating element that vaporizes and a mouth-piece. And here, we will explain what’s wrong and what’s right, what to do and what not to do when it comes to traveling with electronic cigarettes.
Some major airports in the US where vaping is illegal
- LAX – Los Angeles International Airport
- PHL – Philadelphia International Airport
- SFO – San Francisco International Airport
There has not been any clarity on vaping regulations and laws over the years and only a few countries have regulated vaping. And that is because vaping was new and there was no firm studies behind electronic cigarettes and how it should be categorized.
However, since August 2016, all electronic cigarette products are now regulated and categorized as tobacco products. Consequently, electronic cigarettes have been prohibited in the same venues as traditional cigarettes are not allowed. Due to potential exposure of non-users to “harmful chemicals”, the World Health Organization has also recommended e-cigarettes is also banned indoors just like traditional cigarettes.
Some Vaping Rules of Major Airports Across the World.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - Vaping is allowed in areas designated for tobacco smoking.
Heathrow Airport - One is not allowed to vape inside terminal buildings but can instead make use of designated areas outside the terminals.
Frankfurt Airport - Vaping is allowed in the airport, but only in designated lounges for tobacco smokers. One interesting thing about Germany is that it does not have an age restriction for the use of e-cigarettes.
So can you use e-cig in airport within the US?
Yes, there are some vape friendly airports in the US such as John F Kennedy International Airport and Laguardia Airport in New York but only in certain terminals.
Some of the countries that have banned vaping in their airports include:
- Hong Kong
Taking E-cigarettes Past Airport Security
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for enforcing airport rules and regulations. Therefore you need to ensure that all vaping devices brought to the airport is within TSA rules and regulations.
TSA has listed devices prohibited by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) from being transported in checked bags. Devices such as vaporizes, atomizers, e-cigarettes, vape pens and e-nicotine delivery systems should be stored inside your carry-on bags in in the cabin.
- You must pack your e-cigarettes inside your carry-on bag and not your check-in bag.
- All vaping devices and electronic cigarettes should be removed from the carry-on when going through TSA baggage check.
- All E-Liquids needs to be packed in clear plastic bags and each bottle should not exceed 3.4 ounce.
Why not checked bags?
If either damaged, defective or exposed to high temperatures, lithium batteries used to power e-cigarettes can self-ignite hence will not be allowed to vape inside a plane. Morally, it would also be an inconsiderate act given that passengers next to you could be non-users.
Upon the co-categorization of e-cigarettes with traditional cigarettes, vaping in airports is restricted. Anybody within the airport will have to look for the places designated for smoking tobacco to vape. To avoid any changes while at the airport, do some research on the airports rules and regulations before you go to the airport.
Tips on How to Pack E-Cigarettes When Traveling
Regulations are in place to ensure the safety of all people so make sure you follow the airport and airline regulations.
Whether you are flying with a vape pen or flying with a vape cartridge make sure that:
- everything packed in a vape bag or a vape carrying case
- ensure that extra batteries of your vape are well stored
- store the batteries away from magnets, loose change or away from anything that could ignite them
- turn off all vape devices and before packing them in their appropriate vape carrying cases
- consider packing your e-liquids in Ziploc bags as they can leak due to change in air pressure as the plane ascends
- do not attempt to charge the e-cigarettes on an airplane
Vaping continues to be popular not only in the US but in different parts of the world. Being a new trend in the use of substances, the legal question surrounding vaping is not clear to everybody so on top of all these, ensure compliance with all other vaping rules and regulations by both the airport and the airline you are flying with.
Vaping on a Plane
So, can you vape on a plane? In the US, vaping is prohibited in the planes or other enclosed places just like tobacco. Department of Transportation (DOT) has banned vaping in all commercial flights. The ban took effect in April 2016 and applies to all local and foreign incoming flights. E-cigarettes are allowed aboard planes but one has to obserbe rules that has been put in place to ensure everyone’s safey.
Can You Bring a Weed Vape on a Plane?
Well, can you bring a weed vape on a plane since vape is okay? Different countries have different legislation regarding the possession and use of marijuana. Marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal law and post-security areas at airports are ruled by federal agencies. So, as in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska and Nevada, bringing legally purchased pot past a security checkpoint in the country’s most populated state can still trigger a law enforcement response. This then elicits debate on how one should transport medical marijuana. If found in possession of illegal substances, the TSA will hand over the case to the relevant law enforcement agency that will make a final determination of their legality. Therefore, if somebody wishes to travel with a weed vape, they had better do proper prior research on the side of the law they want to be. To be better prepared for travel, research more information on the rules that apply to the airports and airlines you will be using.