Vaping has seen a significant boom in recent years due to smoking being banned indoors, workplaces and public spaces. Making the switch was an easy transition for me as I was looking to save money and start a bit of a health kick.
Since vaping, I have felt significantly better about my personal health. I am not as dependant on my pen as much as I was on my cigarettes, which makes me feel a lot more in control of my nicotine intake. Also, to add to the positivity of it all, vaping has been backed as a healthier nicotine alternative to cigarettes after a study has found vaping has far fewer toxins and cancer causing substances in the body after six months of quitting the cigarettes.
Being the most popular quitting method in England and becoming more regarded in the health industry means general rules around vaping are constantly evolving to cater to these new studies and findings. This means it’s hard to know where you stand in a society where vaping is only just blossoming, making the idea of travelling with your vape seem disconcerting and woeful.
Vaping and Travelling
I’ve flown many occasions with my vape, but as times are forever changing and airlines are beginning to tighten their restrictions around vapes on planes, it seems more important than ever to stay present with the rules and regulations which apply to e-cigarettes and their conduct. This is the reason I wanted to put together a guide so that fellow individuals in my position are able to travel abroad, with their vaping equipment, stress free and happy within their own rights .
If you have scheduled a flight for the coming months, and you are looking to travel with your vaping kit, you might have a couple of questions before setting off. Below, I have featured the most commonly asked questions to make sure you start your vacation off in the best way possible:
Vaping Kit – Hold or hand luggage?
Previous incidents have seen the battery exploding and overheating, so it is no-longer possible to store your battery-operated vapes in the hold due to the risk of starting a fire.
Instead, battery-powered vaping devices (including e-cigarettes, vape pens and all other electrically powered nicotine devices) must be checked in to your hand luggage, and carried on with you in the cabin.
Detect the tank from the mod, and store the tank in your clear plastic bag along with your toiletries. Make sure your mod is switched off – otherwise, the button could be held down in your bag.
If you are still unsure about the information I have disclosed, do check with the airline you are flying with to see whether you are allowed to bring on board your vaping equipment.
Are there any restrictions for carrying e-liquids on-board my flight?
Because most airlines have restrictions which cover your ability to carry liquids when flying, it’s quite common that your e-liquids and vape will be subject to a security inspection. This however, isn’t as frequent as it used to be as more people vape and the equipment is now widely recognised, but don’t be surprised if you’re halted.
To ensure this runs as smoothly as possible, it is advised that you pack your liquids and clearomizers/atomizers in separate, transparent bags. Top tip, wrap them in toilet roll so:
- The glass doesn’t get damaged.
- Any excess liquid that may leak will be soaked up and won’t cause any harm in your hand luggage.
What Vaping equipment may I need for my travels?
If you’re planning on being away from for some time, it’s advised to stock up a little extra on the core essentials to avoid being caught short. Depending on where you’re going, you may want to avoid sampling the local e-liquids. Remember to pack extra e-liquid as well as replacement coils, because sourcing replacement parts whilst abroad can be difficult. However, do pack carefully, it is always best to have spare equipment but you don’t need three lots of cartridges, chargers and battery packs. Only take what you think you’ll need and use as little as possible if supplies become low.
Can you use a vaping pen on the plane?
No airlines allow for the use of e-cigarettes whilst flying as your vape may set off the in-cabin smoke alarms. Vaping mid-flight has the potential to alarm and cause frustration to other passengers. Even if you are using a modern device such as the MyJet, which produces minimal vapour and could potentially, go undetected, it is still forbidden.
How do I travel with e-liquid juice bottles?
Bottles of e-liquid juice will expand during take-off caused by the increase in air pressure. The best way to mitigate any damage is to fly with bottles that are only half filled, so that the juice has room to expand during the flight. It can’t hurt sucking out a bit of air using the pipette just for good measure.
How can you avoid your tank from leaking on the plane?
When you fly, it is advised to bring an empty spare tank. Nevertheless, if you do travel with a tank loaded with e-liquid, it is recommend that you store the tank upside down during take-off to prevent any awkward spills. By holding it upside down, the pressure is released which will not cause any problems.
As a fellow vaper, it is your prerogative to keep up to date and abide by the laid down flight etiquette whilst traveling. If you’re ready to fly, learn the rules in the country you’re travelling too if you want to have a comfortable trip when carrying your vaping equipment.
In general, Europe is pretty lenient with vaping, but there are one or two exceptions. But on the other hand, countries like Brazil, Columbia, Singapore and Indonesia have all banned e-cigarette usage, with other countries like China restricting the sale of e-liquids.
If you’re still concerned, carry a disposable e-cigarette with you which can be discarded before boarding.