So you’ve switched over from normal cigarettes to a vaping device, and now you’re wondering, can you bring a vape on a plane?
Like with normal cigarettes, you are not permitted to use your vape or electronic cigarette while in flight. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring it with you when you travel.
There are different guidelines for the device itself and the liquid, so read on to learn about taking a vape on a plane.
Note: This post is written referencing TSA rules for travel from airports in the USA. Some countries may have different rules, so if you’re flying from an airport in another country, please look up the rules for the authority in that country.
So can you take a vape pen on a plane?
There are differences between taking a vape in carry on and bringing a vape in checked luggage. Make sure you know the rules to avoid having your vape pen confiscated.
Can you bring a vape on a plane in carry on luggage?
You can take e cigarettes on a plane in your carry on bag!
TSA actually requires you to pack it in your carry on luggage, not your checked bag, so this is probably a good thing for most of you to be able to keep it with you.
But as a reminder, leave it in your bag – no smoking on board the aircraft.
Are electronic cigarettes allowed on airplanes in checked luggage?
This is a strict no, you can’t pack your vape in checked luggage because of the batteries and the risk of catching fire. This goes for all e-cigarettes, vape pens, or similar devices.
Keep this in mind in case the airline decides to gate check your carry on, and be sure to remove the vape before handing over your bag.
Can you bring a vape in your personal item?
If you want to put your vape in your personal bag, instead of your carry on bag, that is fine too.
Can you take vaping liquid on a plane?
Since vaping liquid is in fact a liquid, you must follow normal security rules regarding liquids.
This means you can bring vaping liquid in your carry on as long as the container is 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller and fits in your 1 quart clear zip top liquids bag. Larger amounts must be packed in your checked luggage.
>>Read more about how much liquid you can bring on a plane.
Tips for bringing a vape on a plane
Aside from always packing your vape pen in your carry on, not in checked luggage, here are some tips to help you travel with a vape.
Never turn the vape on while in flight. You’re not allowed to use it or charge it while on board the plane.
You might even want to disconnect the battery to eliminate the chance of accidentally turning it on.
Always check the airline’s website to understand their rules about flying with a vaping device. The airline could have stricter rules than TSA.
Never fly with marijuana. If you have a weed vape, leave the weed itself at home, and thoroughly clean your vape before you fly.
Even if it’s legal in the state where you live, air travel falls under federal jurisdiction, and it’s still illegal under US federal law. This means it is not allowed in checked or carry on luggage.
CBD is a little different, but rules vary greatly depending on what country you’re in or even which state in the US. For more info, check out this guide from FoxNomad on how to travel with CBD.
If you’re traveling internationally, research the rules and laws of that country. Vapes and electronic cigarettes are not treated the same everywhere, and you wouldn’t want your expensive vape pen to get confiscated, or worse, for you to end up in trouble with the law.
What happens if you put a vape in carry on?
Nothing happens if your vape is packed in your carry on bag. This is exactly where TSA wants and requires you to pack the device.
Remember you are not allowed to turn on or use your vape while in flight.
What happens if you put a vape in checked luggage?
Vaping devices are not permitted in checked luggage, so if you pack yours in checked bags, it will get confiscated.
Checked bags go through a security check, and chances are high that they will see it. Since a vape can be a safety hazard, they will open your bag and remove it.
Do checked bags get searched for vapes?
Yes, checked luggage gets searched for anything that could cause a safety issue on a plane. This includes vapes or anything else that could potentially start a fire.
Can you bring disposable vapes on an airplane?
Just like with normal vapes, you can take a disposable vape on a plane in your cabin bag. They are not permitted in checked luggage.
Can we carry a vape in international flights?
Vapes are allowed on an international flight if the destination you’re going to allows them. Vapes are legal in many countries, but in other countries they are illegal.
Research the laws of the country you’re visiting before you travel with your vape.
Can you vape on a plane?
No, you are absolutely not allowed to vape on a plane. Smoking normal cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or using a vape while on the airplane is strictly forbidden.
Hopefully this answers all your questions about taking a vape on a plane!
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