Vaping While Flying – Current Regulations And Restrictions

Vaping while flying is one area of the viral vaping epidemic that is not approved. Smoking has been banned on flights for decades now, but what about the vaping? Teenagers and adults alike are rapidly getting hooked on this new “healthy“, popular alternative to cigarettes.

The rules and regulations surrounding vaping and flying are rather complex, but we’re here to help clear things up. Before you pack your vape pen into your carry-on luggage, please know the rules.

The consequences of not knowing the rules as an airline passenger can be severe!

International Travelers Beware

If you are flying out of the country, the first thing you should look up is the laws about vaping at your destination.

If you are not careful, your vaping equipment may be confiscated at customs. Different countries also have rules on where you can vape. You may not be able to vape in public, for instance.

A little research beforehand could save you a lot of hassle later, and maybe even a little jail time!

Check If You Can

If your vaping device has any sort of battery, then you’ll have to carry it with you. Lithium-Ion batteries have caught fire in the past, so it is illegal to have any device with them in the hold of a plane where they could catch fire without notice.

If you have a large dry herb vaporizer that works just on wall power, you may be able to check it like other non-battery-powered electric devices. Don’t be surprised if you get asked questions about it. Remember, what you vape in your state might get you in trouble if you try to fly with it!

The same thing goes with traveling with e-juice. It’s quite likely you’ll be asked questions about your e-juice. It may even get tested. Unfortunately, this is a pretty regular thing with vaping equipment so show up early to your flight to prepare for it.

Disassemble Before Arrival

Another thing to remember is the rules regarding liquids.

Yes, your e-juice counts. If your device allows it, separate your tank from your mod and store the tank in a clear plastic bag. All your e-juice containers should also be in a clear plastic bag. Remember the 3.5-ounce rule! If you carry too much in a single container, you may be forced to dump it.

Another tip is to use tissues as padding between the bottles if you use glass ones for your e-juice. You don’t want a bottle breaking in the middle of the flight. You should also avoid carrying full bottles with you on the flight. The change in air pressure can make the liquid expand and break your bottle. It may be a hassle, but you can’t argue with physics.

Some tanks can drain pressure if you keep them upside down when you fly, but you should check with the manufacturer.

Even better, carry a spare empty tank with you in case the first one fails. Carrying spare parts is a good idea anyway in case something breaks, and you cannot find compatible parts at your destination.

Vaping In The Air?

The rules for vaping on a flight are the same as smoking. It is totally banned.

If you try to vape on a flight, you will set off the alarm and you could get banned from flying on that airline and must pay a big fine. Even low-vapor kits will set this off.

Get your hit before you get on the plane and don’t even think about trying to vape in the bathroom! Take grim comfort that every other smoker and nicotine vaper on the flight is going through the same struggle.

If you follow the tips in this article, you should have no trouble traveling with your equipment. Some of these things may seem like a hassle, but when you’re flying on a public plane you must follow the rules.


Michael J is a marketing and creative content specialist at GotVape.com with a primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined with healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points.

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