Traveling with e-cigs and e-liquid on a plane isn’t something anyone wants to really waste much time thinking or worrying about. The TSA guidelines for traveling with liquid apply to nicotine e-liquid as well.
In the event you’re still wondering if this info is accurate, the TSA’s blog post about e-cigs and traveling aboard planes will certainly calm your fears. As far as using them while flying, we suggest you contact your airline and see what they have to say. Though most airlines don’t approve of it.
URGENT UPDATE: April 13, 2016 – There is a new law being proposed that’s going to prevent everyone from carrying/transporting any and ALL electronic cigarette products. You will not be able to take any vape hardware with you. Not even in your carry-on or checked luggage! As of January 2017, this law is not in effect and as of now you can still travel with e-cigs and e-liquids.
PLEASE READ our updated post about the new law proposed that will ban ecigs on planes.
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UPDATED FOR 2016:
New rules for air travel with electronic cigarette batteries. Revised TSA guidelines announced in November 2015. No ecig batteries permitted in checked baggage. These rules were implemented due to concerns regarding fire hazards involving low quality, unregulated cape devices and low quality lithium ion batteries.
PREVIOUS UPDATES: July 9th, 2014
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The TSA Security Rules For E-Cigs
At this time, there aren’t any. You’d think there would be, but there really aren’t. However, there are rules for liquids of any type. Since you’ll likely be traveling with your Halo Triton, Apollo eGo, or another mod-type e-cigs that requires a clearomizer tank – you’re most likely going to be traveling with e-juice. You’ll have to follow their guidelines for “how much” you can take. Don’t worry though…they’ve made it a tad bit easier than you think.
The TSA has a rule of thumb they go by. It’s called the 3-1-1 carry-on rule. Ever heard of it? Well, it basically outlines very clearly what you need to do with your liquids. You can read more about their 3-1-1 carry on rule here.
If you do a little bit of research, you’ll find out there are very few people that had any difficulties with the TSA concerning their e-liquids or e-cigarettes in general. To be a little bit more precautionary, don’t declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. If you know you’re not carrying anything suspicious or illegal, let the TSA do their job and go on your way. If they should raise an eyebrow, let them know it’s nicotine e-liquid for your e-cig – but don’t bring attention to yourself if it’s not necessary.
- You can travel with e-cigs on a plane but the FAA has told airlines that lithium ion vape batteries are a fire hazard. Therefore no e-cigs allowed in checked bags. You must travel with your e-cigs as carry-on.
- You can travel with e-cigs either on your person or in your carry on bag.
- If your carry on bag has too be checked at the gate, you have to remove your e-cigs and any spare batteries before your bag can be checked.
- E-liquids are allowed in checked bags as long as the meet the 3-1-1 standards as indicated in the diagram above.
Recommendations for Traveling with your eCig
Your batteries and charger can go in with your laptop case or with your other electronics. We also recommend disconnecting the batteries from their atomizers when going through the check point. You’re bound to set off an alarm, and it’s a lot easier to just hand them something than to have them treat you like you’re a criminal trying to pull some tricky stuff. Point being – don’t make your bulky e-cig look like a pen bomb/pipe bomb or even take one that resembles anything like one. Also take it apart for the sake of getting through TSA smoothly and reassemble it on the plane.
As for your batteries, cartridges, clearomizer tanks, and whatever else – unless you’re taking an unreasonable amount, don’t sweat it. The TSA doesn’t currently have any restriction on e-liquid, or e-cig products. Just make sure that the e-liquids are secured in a zip-top, clear plastic bag.
In the unlikely event that you can’t take your e-cig with you, a really good recommendation is that you take a self addressed envelope large enough for your e-cig with you so that you can mail it back to yourself if you can’t take it through the checkpoint, which is very unlikely to happen. Better safe than sorry.
Don’t Use Your E-cig On A Plane!
Keep in mind though, Airplanes have smoke alarms…make sure you’re discreet about your vaping, and not creating clouds within the plane. Airplanes and airports are not the place for cloud chasing! They’ll set the alarms off, and then not only are you embarrassed, but you’ve created an environment of chaos and panic. Let’s avoid that 🙂
Check out our “Can Ecigs Set Off Smoke Alarms” YouTube video if you’re interested in seeing us test it out 🙂