Traveling with e-cigs and e-liquids on a plane is allowed. There is some confusion about the actual rules and regulations. Air travel can be stressful enough so we will clarify the rules so that you can feel more confident about your travel preparation. But ultimately, a TSA agent will have the final say. There should not be a problem if you follow the rules. Make sure to let the inspecting agent know about your vape mods and batteries as you are going through security. They may ask to see them.
To briefly give you an overview of the TSA guidelines for traveling with e-cigs and vape mods, here are the rules:
- You can travel with e-cigs, mods, and your vape batteries but you must have them in your carry on baggage or on your person.
- You can carry on up to 100 ml of e-liquid.
- If you are carrying e-liquid bottles over 100 ml, those must be kept in your checked in baggage.
These are the current rules for traveling with e-cigs and e-liquids. Again, if you follow the rules you should have no difficulty. We do have some additional tips for traveling with vape gear.
Tips For Traveling With E-Cigs and E-Liquids
The rules for traveling with e-cigs and e-liquids are clear. You can carry your vape gear and batteries in your carry on or on your person. You can carry on up to 100 ml of e-liquid. With that out of the way, there are some additional tips for taking vape devices, chargers, and batteries on a plane.
Use a battery case for spare batteries.
TSA recommendations for traveling with batteries of all kinds include using a battery carry case. This especially applies to lithium batteries, and that includes vape batteries. A battery case makes a lot of sense. Vape battery safety is important both on the ground and at 30,000 feet. Loose batteries coming in contact with metals are responsible for the majority of e-cig fire reports. A battery case can prevent these types of accidents.
A battery case to carry spare batteries will prevent the battery from contacting any metal object like keys or coins. A case is a very cheap and easy way to secure batteries. Battery cases typically cost a buck or less. By all means, get a battery case to safely keep your batteries.
Also, it would be a good idea to remove the batteries from a vape device during air travel. Keep the batteries in a case and put them back in the mod after you exit the plane. This is not a requirement and is simply a precaution.
Taking E-Liquid On A Plane
Wherever you are going, you are probably planning on taking your favorite e-liquid with you! You can take up to 100 ml of e-liquid with you on your person or in checked baggage. Make sure it is in a sealed plastic bag. If traveling with e-liquid bottles larger than 100 ml, then those bottles must be in your checked bags.
Keeping e-liquids in sealed, clear plastic bags is important. The change in air pressure at altitude can cause a full, even unopened bottle of e-liquid to leak. It is also advisable to travel with e-liquid bottles that are not full to the brim. The liquid will slightly expand high altitudes which can cause leakage.
A full, unopened e-liquid Chubby Gorilla bottle is usually filled to the brim. There is not much room for expansion so they are prone to leak is the lower air pressure of an aircraft cabin. It would be a good idea to use up a little e-juice before your departure. Having a little empty space in the bottle can help prevent leaks. In any case, a sealed plastic bag is really a must to avoid a mess!
Don’t Take An E-cig On A Plane With A Full Tank!
Topping up a vape tank before boarding a flight may seem like a good idea. That way, you will have a full tank ready for vaping when you land at your destination. The problem is that a full vape tank will probably leak at altitude. Just like we described above, the e-liquid can expand and push out the airflow slots. We recommend traveling with you vape tank at half full or less. Taking a tank off of a mod and storing it in a clear, sealed bag is a good sense precaution to contain any potential leaks.
If you do notice that your vape tank has leaked during a flight, don’t worry. There is probably nothing wrong with your tank! Chances are it was just the air pressure. The air pressure aboard a plane is designed to mimic conditions found at 10,000 feet. That is comfortable for humans but can play a little havoc with your e-liquid.
Taking Your Vape Battery Charger On A Plane.
Battery chargers, including vape battery chargers, are allowed in your checked baggage or carry on. Do not travel with any batteries in a charger. TSA recommends wrapping the cord tightly around the charger when traveling on an airplane. Remember again that all batteries, even your spares, must be with you in your carry on bags.
Can I Vape On A Plane?
No. You cannot vape on a plane. If you try and vape in the bathroom and someone reports you, there could be consequences. The laws against smoking and vaping on a plane are covered by federal law. It is not worth the risk! In fact, recently two pilots were fired for vaping on a plane. Traveling with e-cigs is ok, but not vaping on a plane! Make sure to wait until you land, exit the plane, and then you can vape in a designated area.
Why Can’t I Pack My Vape Gear In My Checked Baggage?
In December 2016, an e-cig battery did catch fire on a plane. In the wake of that incident, regulators determined that no e-cigs, mods, devices, or vape batteries are not allowed in checked baggage. As a matter of fact, TSA recommends that all batteries, even everyday Duracell or Energizer types, be carried in checked bags whenever possible. But definitely no lithium vape batteries allowed in checked bags.
The reason for limiting batteries in checked bags is sound. If an improperly stored vape battery catches fire while in checked baggage, the fire may go undetected until it spreads to the point where the plane could potentially be in danger. There is no easy access to access or extinguish a fire in the cargo hold area of a plane. An emergency landing and rapid evacuation would be required.
A plane flying at 35,000 feet requires time to descend and land. Fire travels very quickly. Airlines and the TSA have a responsibility to ensure safe air travel so these laws are not targeting vapers. Instead, these rules are sound safety precautions to ensure air travel remains the safest way to get to where you are going!
Conversely, if an improperly stored battery catches fire in checked baggage, it can be quickly detected and extinguished. The plan will likely still make an emergency landing but with much less danger to the actual function of the aircraft.
Alternatives For Traveling With Vaping Devices
If you are making a quick trip and do not want to be concerned about storing batteries, chargers, and extra e-liquids, there are alternatives to consider. Pod mods are designed to be easily portable and simple to use. Some vapers are concerned that a pod mod will not be as satisfying as a vape mod. That’s why a pod mod that uses a nicotine salt e-liquid can compensate for less vapor production.
Perhaps the best example of a portable pod mod is the Vision Spinner O Pod. The O Pod is affordable and right now Apollo e-cigs is throwing in some nic salt e-liquid for free.
The current TSA rules for traveling with e-cigs and e-liquids make sense. If you follow the rules and are prepared, you should have no problem. If you are a regular traveler with additional advice for traveling with vape gear, please let us know so we can pass along your tips!