Hey there, vape fans! We all love to travel, and we all love to vape. In light of new regulations, it can get confusing as to what is allowed in the vaping world. It can be tough, flying with e-cigarette gear. We took the time to call TSA to get some answers for you!
MBV: I thought this was already in the regulations.
TSA: The regulations before were temporary, and could have been overturned. The new rules are a permanent ban on e-cigarettes in checked baggage. The idea behind this is batteries can vent and explode which could take down a plane. There is a better chance if the batteries are with the passenger where they can take care of it instead of being under the aircraft inaccessible to the crew and passengers.
MBV: Should I have my vape in my carry-on or in checked luggage when I’m flying with e-cigarette supplies?
TSA: The Federal Aviation Administration prohibits e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and loose lithium batteries in checked baggage. Even if the batteries are taken out, it is against the rules to have these in checked baggage. Standard rule: carry it on if it is vape-related.
When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate, all electronic cigarette and vaping devices, along with any spare lithium batteries, must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin. There may be more rules based on the airlines you are flying with, so be sure to check beforehand with them.
MBV: How much E-Liquid can I bring on board when I’m flying with e-cigarette gear?
TSA: You are allowed to bring e-liquids with you as long as they follow the rules set by TSA. The rules are that it has to be 3.4 ounces or less, it must fit in a quart size ziplock bag, and there is only one bag per person.
Even if the items are allowed by the rules, a TSA agent can prohibit an item through the screening process if they feel it can pose a risk to the plane of the passengers on board. They will have the final say if it goes or stays.
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When you travel, make sure to check out TSA’s website and the website of the airlines you are flying with. We want to make sure you and your vape can make it through the checkpoints and onto the plane in a legal and safe manner.