Whether packing up to head home for the holidays, or jetting off to a resort for a summer getaway, it is important to be as safe as possible when traveling with your vape. There are of course rules and regulations associated with daily use of your vape and e-cig but it is important to find out the stipulations associated with travel, especially when flying.
First, make sure you have your extra batteries stored correctly. Don’t keep them near any loose change, magnets or anything that could ignite them.
Second, make sure to turn the devices off. And that they are stored in the appropriate container.
Third, always follow the posted rules of the airport.
It is important to note; you should never vape on your flight. That is not only inconsiderate to other passengers in an enclosed space, but it is against flying regulations.
The smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products on planes has long been prohibited, that ban has been interpreted to include e-cigs, and recently issued regulations are designed to eliminate any confusion over whether the previously existing ban actually included e-cigarettes.
As far as transporting your ecig/vape, according to an article regarding ecigs that have combusted in-flight on ibtimes.com,
“Earlier this year, the Transportation Department (DOT) explicitly banned the use of e-cigarettes on commercial flights. In 2015, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an interim final rule prohibiting plane passengers from storing e-cigarettes in checked bags and banned charging the devices on board a plane.”
In summary, passengers are allowed to carry e-cigarettes with them onto planes, but must power them off, and are not allowed to charge their batteries during flight, or pack them in checked baggage.
Why are the batteries important to remember? As explained by CBSNews,
E-cigarettes are typically powered by lithium batteries, which can self-ignite if damaged, exposed to excessive temperatures or have a manufacturing defect. Fire officials have said they’ve been unable to determine if the fires were caused by batteries that self-ignited, or if passengers had left the cigarettes switched on when they were packed and the heat set nearby contents on fire.
There has been talk of banning vapes from planes altogether, so it is important to always check before you head out on a trip. A helpful resource to check before you pack your bags is the TSA’s blog where you can find information on regulations and rules- and any updates that may occur.
Have you flown with your vape? Share your story in the comments.