Summer is just around the corner, and this means many people have traveling on their agenda. If you are an e-cigarette user and you are wondering whether it is okay to fly with your vape kit, this article is meant for you.
Different countries have varying rules about traveling with electronic cigarettes and their accessories. You need to find out the laws of the transport authority in your country. In the U.S., the Transport Security Administration (TSA) has laid down some rules for carrying vapes on flights.
The TSA has expressed concerns recently over the fire hazard posed by the lithium ion batteries used in e-cigs. As a result, you cannot travel with an e-cig in your checked bag. However, you can put it in your carry-on bag or hold it with you. With e-liquids the rule is different. You can put your e-liquid in either your checked or carrying bag, but it must be packaged according to the laid out guidelines.
According to the TSA’s rules, you can have your electronic cigarette and accessories (including spare batteries) in your carry-on bag. However, you are required to remove these items and declare them before your bag is searched. As far as e-liquids are concerned, you need to store them in a container that can hold 3.4 ounces or smaller. You have to then put all your e-juices in a quart-sized plastic bag with a zip lock. Only one such pack is allowed per traveler.
It goes without saying that you should not attempt to use or charge your vape kit in while the plane is in the air. This could land you in serious trouble. Last year, the US Transport Department officially prohibited the use of e-cigarettes on flights. While the TSA has put forward the rules above, the organization still advises traveler to check with their chosen airline whether the same laws apply or there are additional restrictions.
The TSA’s instructions on how to carry electronic cigarette and accessories on flights were issued following reported instances of vapes igniting in people’s luggage mid-flight. These vapes are thought to have been left on with the battery connected. It is also possible that a manufacturing defect or a problem with the battery was the reason for the explosions.
There are talks that the TSA is mulling over tough, new laws that could include a ban on carrying all vaping products on flights. Although these reports have been making rounds since last year, the TSA is yet to make any formal announcement about it.
As much as possible, you need to follow the rules when you travel to avoid unnecessary delays and other unpleasant experiences. Therefore, be smart about how you pack your vape. It is advisable to take it apart and store the parts together in a bag. If you do not want to disassemble your vape device, at least you need to remove the batteries. If you are going to carry your vape kit on your person, do not hold it in a way that is going to make the airport security personnel deem it to be something suspicious.
Some blogs tell you that it is possible to use your vape mid-flight provided you do it in a stealth way, this is not a good move for many reasons. The smoke detector of airplanes are known to be very sensitive and can be triggered by the vapor produced by e-cigs. Also, the fact that you are vaping could inconvenience other passengers. With many negative studies published recently about the dangers of secondhand vaping, some people genuinely believe that it is not safe to be around someone who is using an e-cig. You do not want to be the one who does more harm to the reputation of e-cigarettes by making the headlines for vaping on a plane and perhaps triggering the smoke detector or causing something much worse.