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One of the many things people don’t think about until it’s actually happening is how to travel with vape equipment.

Traveling for the first time with vape equipment can be tricky if you aren’t familiar with all the security rules; does it go in your personal item, your carry on, or your checked bag?

It’s important to know how to correctly pack your pen, mods, and e-liquids to avoid any trouble in transit. 

How to Pack Your Vape

If you want to bring your vape pen on board your flight, you’ll need to ensure you know the TSA’s rules. It is likely that security confiscates your pen if you do not pack it correctly, and that is no fun for anyone.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits the use of checked bags to transport loose lithium batteries. This is because lithium batteries (inside e-cigarettes and vape pens) have a risk of catching fire. With that being said, you can take your e-cigarette on the plane if you place it in your carry-on bag. However, it will have to remain in your bag as there is no vaping on board the plane. 

Security Checkpoints

When you’re going through a security checkpoint, pack all of your batteries and chargers with your other electronics or your laptop. Ensure that you disconnect the e-cigarette battery from the atomizer before going through a checkpoint; your tank should also be empty.

The pressurization of the cabin may cause your vape to leak and the last thing you’re going to want is e-juice spilling onto your belongings. Breaking down your vape before you go through security is your best bet.

However, for travelers who have long layovers, you can easily assemble your vape when you exit the plane. If you are looking to stretch your legs and vape in between flights, simply look for the designated areas.

Many people who vape will think it’s okay to vape where they please because it is technically ‘water vapor’, however other bystanders won’t want to see it. It is just common courtesy to remove yourself from the situation and vape where it is more appropriate.

Remember that every airport may have different rules when it comes to vaping in or around the terminals. 

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If you’re bringing along vaping liquid, the security rules are the same as any other normal liquid. You can bring along gels, aerosols, creams and, pastes in your carry-on luggage.

The container should be 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less and in a clear plastic bag, but larger amounts of liquids need to be packed in your checked bag. Make sure you follow the rules accordingly and security will not have to confiscate any of your favorite bottles of juice. 

US Domestic Airlines

The US domestic airlines have notes regarding e-cigarettes/vaping below: 

Alaska Airlines: Electronic smoking devices must be set in safe mode to prevent accidentally turning the device on. This includes all battery and USB charged cigarettes. 

American Airlines: You can’t use e-cigarettes onboard and they recommend traveling with them in a protective case. 

Delta: Charging e-cigarettes on board is not allowed. They recommend traveling with e-cigarettes in a case. 

JetBlue: E-cigarettes must be off and disconnected from charging. They do not permit smoking of e-cigarettes at gate areas. 

United Airlines: The use and charging of e-cigarettes are prohibited onboard. 

Southwest Airlines: E-cigarettes cannot be used onboard. 

International Travel

If you are traveling internationally, be sure that the country you’re visiting does not have a vaping ban. The Public Health Law Center has compiled an excellent resource for traveling vapers who want to learn the laws of the land they are going to.

The majority of states have e-cigarette regulations that fall under the same regulations as state-by-state smoking laws. For all fifty states, it is illegal for under anyone under the age of 18 to buy vape equipment in the united states.

Some states may allow you to vape in public places while others may prohibit you to vape in certain areas. 

If you’re traveling internationally, it’s important to note that some countries may have a vaping ban. Currently, there are 21 countries with a ban: 

  1. Argentina 
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium 
  4. Brazil
  5. Brunei 
  6. Columbia 
  7. Egypt 
  8. Indonesia
  9. Jordan 
  10. Malaysia 
  11. Mexico
  12. Oman
  13. Panama 
  14. Singapore
  15. Taiwan
  16. Tajikistan
  17. Thailand
  18. Turkey
  19. United Arab Emirate 
  20. Uruguay 
  21. Venezuela 

Fly Confidently

Once you know how to correctly pack your vape, how to treat it once on board, and where you can and can’t use it once you arrive, you will be an expert on how to travel with vape equipment.

While it may seem nerve-wracking at first, it is a very simple process that you will be able to tackle confidently with this new knowledge. Now go and enjoy your vacation, you earned it!