Can You Vape on a Plane and other Concerns

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Can You Vape on a Plane, Bring eJuice and Batteries?

Are you getting ready to fly and wondering can you vape on a plane? The short answer is no, not legally.

Taking Electronic Cigarettes onboard

You may also be asking can you bring a vape on a plane?  Let me assure you that you CAN and that is what airlines recommend.  I have been doing this since 2011 and I have flown MANY times.  The only time my electronic cigarettes were addressed was earlier this year at a European airport after my bag went through security check-in.  The x-ray machine picked up my 5-pack Green Smoke cartomizer package and they asked me what it was.  They actually identified it before I was able to get a word in, so they seem to be very familiar with electronic cigarettes and their components.  They let me through without any further issues and I have never had any trouble bringing batteries, cartridges and small eLiquid bottles holding less than 3.5 ounces of eLiquid.  Here is some guidance from the FAA on bringing vapes on a plane.

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Most airlines do not allow vaping on board.

Thing to do before you board

Make sure whatever eLiquid you bring onboard measures 3.4 ounces or less.  Also, don’t carry any 18650 batteries loosely in your luggage or in your pocket.  You want them individually packaged and sealed so that they do not make an inadvertent connection and cause a fire or explosion.  Finally, carry all your vaping devices onboard with you.  Coils, cotton, etc can be left in your luggage or carry on.

Stealth Vaping on a plane

Don’t even try it.  You always run the risk of getting caught by a passenger or a flight attendant.  Hopefully you would just receive a reminder that smoking electronic cigarettes is forbidden on board and to stop any further use.  But you also run the risk of having your e cig confiscated, issued a hefty fine or worse.  The best bet is just not do it.  Wait until you land to take a hit.

There are many reasons why there is a vaping ban on airlines.  Here are a few of them:

  • Electronic cigarettes are relatively new gadgets and many people are still unfamiliar with the technology or its effects on the public.
  • Vaping on board may incite traditional smokers to light up their real cigarettes.
  • Seeing a cloud of vapor (which looks like smoke) fill a cabin may cause unsuspecting passengers to panic.
  • There have been occasional reports of batteries exploding.  These are usually cheap or modified batteries.  In any case, that is a dangerous thing to happen – especially on a plane.

The bullets above list why airlines ban the use of electronic cigarettes.

Never Do The Following

  • Vape in the aircraft’s bathroom.  I don’t know if electronic cigarettes can trigger the aircraft smoke detector.  So it is best just to avoid it completely.
  • Carry loose 18650 batteries on board or in your luggage
  • Keep juice in your tank when flying.  The change in pressure is guaranteed to cause your eJuice to leak from the tank.  I learned this the hard way (multiple times!).
  • Blame me or this site if you ever get caught vaping where you are not permitted!

If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below. Enjoy your flight!

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Jim H

I started vaping in January 2011 and haven't had the desire to smoke a traditional cigarette since. It inspired me so much that I created this website to help others like me who want to quit smoking. I hope you enjoy the site and please leave a comment.

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  1. Just got caught in bathroom. I guess I can personally attest to the fact that most smoke alarms on aircraft bathrooms will *not* go off…however some do. I have been doing this several times a month for years and never had an issue till now.

    • Steam will set off smoke detectors. It usually takes clouds of it from a hot shower. If you follow the above instructions you will minimize the amount of vapor/steam released. When exhaling, direct the flow away from the smoke detector and towards the toilet. Flushing the toilet creates suction/vacuum sucking the humid vapor out of the lavatory.

      Rubbing some eliquid on your gums with your finger works good also.

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