| Andy Staples
Can I bring my e-cigarette on a plane? What are the restrictions surrounding this? Can I bring e-liquid to another country?
I’m sure the majority of vapers have searched for one of these things online before going away! It’s definitely a good idea to get clued up on the travel restrictions on e-cigarettes and prepare before you go.
At Vape Simple, we want to keep you informed and make sure you travel hassle-free. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know before setting off.
Can I Bring My Vape on a Plane?
You can bring your vape device on a plane, but there are some restrictions. The e-cigarette - plus any batteries - must only go in your carry-on luggage. You are not allowed to have your vape or lithium batteries in hold luggage.
In addition to this, you obviously cannot use your e-cigarette on the plane (although it might be tempting when it’s sitting in your carry-on luggage on a long flight!). This could get you into serious trouble, so it’s definitely not a good idea. You also aren’t allowed to charge your device on a plane - we recommend just keeping it securely within your carry-on bag for the duration of the flight.
It’s very important that you disconnect the battery (or at least turn your device off) before packing it away. This will prevent it from accidentally firing during the flight - disconnecting the battery will further prevent it from accidentally turning on, and then being able to fire.
Why Can’t I Put My Vape in My Hold Luggage?
This is a worldwide rule for airlines - no vapes or lithium batteries in your checked-in luggage. If these are found in your luggage during x-ray scans, they will either be removed and you won’t get them back, or - in some cases - they might even leave your luggage behind.
This is all because of the risk that they could catch on fire. If this were to happen in the cargo hold, it could obviously become catastrophic - so it’s fair enough that they implement this rule!
This rule applies to all vape devices, no matter how small.
What About My E-Liquids?
Your e-liquids can go in both hold luggage and carry-on, but - again - there are some rules to follow. If you choose to bring your e-liquid in your carry-on luggage, then it must follow the normal liquid guidelines. This means the container needs to be 100ml or smaller and must fit inside your allocated ziplock bag.
Before you go abroad, check the rules of the country you are visiting. Different countries have different laws surrounding e-cigarettes and e-liquids - you don’t want your stuff to be confiscated upon arrival, so ensure you familiarise yourself with the rules beforehand.
Secondly, it’s a good idea to make sure that your vape tank is either empty or only slightly filled. Cabin pressure can cause your tank to leak which can make a very annoying mess! The same applies to e-liquid bottles - ensure everything is only half-filled maximum to avoid spillage.
Lastly - and you’ll probably already know this one - but vaping is illegal inside airports as well as on the actual plane. Do not vape inside the airport unless you are in a designated smoking lounge.