Dear Summit – Flying With E-Cigarette FAQ

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.

40 thoughts on “Dear Summit – Flying With E-Cigarette FAQ

      1. I actually flew international and it is no problem whatsoever..flew both Delta and United and as long as you keep it with your carry on and adhere to the liquid rules they are fine with it..I did get stopped coming back through New York so they could “look” at my as was well…HAPPY VAPING!!

        1. .and yes I just took a few little bottles of juice carry on and the rest went in the luggage…still not one is not a big deal..:)

        2. That is awesome to know! I might be flying later this year or next year but do not know where yet. I have to stay up to date on the regulations.

    1. Not really if you are prepared. For the past two years, my wife and I traveled to London England with our box mods and juice. We disassembled the tanks from the box, took out the batteries from the boxes (to prevent misfires) and packaged them up neatly inside of our carry-ons, which were backpacks. A quick scan through the x-ray machine and all clear, in both directions. I never had to open my bags once for a visual inspection.

      It’s all about common sense here. honestly, any electronic device you bring with you should be with you on the plane and not stowed in the plane. Any battery could be subjected to abnormal power drain and leakage, but it’s rare. One other note is that you should only own devices and batteries from reputable and known companies. There are so many knock-offs and cheaply made devices and batteries out there and those are the ones you have to steer clear of, especially when flying.

  1. The liquid guidance is a little misleading. There are no laws anywhere that I’m aware of that ban liquids in checked baggage, so the limit of no more than 100ml bottles in no larger than a 1 litre clear bag is only what you wish to take in carry on luggage. You may put more than this in checked baggage. It’s only batteries (plus perhaps a bizarre ban on hardware without batteries in isolated countries).
    To be fair, I would always want all my hardware in carry on now, having had to root through a carefully packed suitcase to retrieve what Indian authorities clearly worried were pipe bombs!

    1. The hardware has to be carried on now by the rules put out. Check baggage, I am guessing you are right. I think you can have more than this in the checked. The juice was for carry on. I know my wife’s grandmother flew it e-juice to NY and she had a few 8oz’s and had zero problems with it in her checked.

  2. Regarding the Batteries, you will have to carry them in your pocket, not stored in your bag in the overhead bin, correct?

    Regarding the E-Juice..You can fit as many E-Juice bottles under the 3.4 oz rule that will fit into a Quart Sized Zip Lock bag, Correct?

    1. The batteries have to be on you, correct. For the juice, that is what it sounds like. As long as they are below 3.4 oz and in the bag, you are within regulations. Again, this is up to the TSA Officer.

  3. Awesome to hear answers direct from the TSA. I haven’t had to fly since switching to vaping, but now I know how to handle it.

  4. You can check your juice, right? I have always checked my juice (frequent flyer) also, if flying in Europe they don’t care if you check it or carry it on.

  5. I was just talking with my Sister last night. She is planning a trip across the pond, and wanted to take her Vape. But from what she has been told, even a pen isn’t allowed! Kinda ridiculous if you ask me!

    1. I recently posted above about this. I’ve been across the pond twice and never had any trouble whatsoever with taking along my box mod and juice. If you pack it correctly, so as it’s clearly visible to the x-ray techs at the airport, they won’t bat an eye. Just for reference, last time I went, I brought my box mod, one tank, 8 batteries, and about 4 15ml bottles of juice (barely made it through the 9 days abroad) and all of that was included in my backpack which also had a Sony DSLR camera, an ipod and a tablet. My bag was virtually one large electronic device and I didn’t have one issue here or in London. 🙂

  6. I have bought juice from 2 other sites and this is far most the best site I have bought from and will continue to buy from here I guess I better check with my cruise ship to see if I’m allowed to bring my vape I’m going on a cruise next month

    1. Thank you! We try our best to make sure we put the best products out at the best price. I am not sure on cruises but that might be a blog here soon. You have the right idea to contact them and see what they say.

  7. The part about batteries possibly exploding and taking a plane down is bull crap. So can a phone, tablet, laptop etc, etc, etc,. What a joke!

    1. All of them very well can explode and take a plane. The thing they are seeing and thinking is, how many of those kinds of batteries do you see explode? And how many 18650’s exploded recently due to people not being safe.

  8. I’m an tor truck driver, I order enough juice to last me for up to 8 weeks while trucking, I used to get two 237 ml bottles of my favorite juices and that would more than last me, now I can’t order that size bottle anymore and I also can’t add flavor shots, why is that? I now order many 30ml bottles to last me while I’m trucking which is way more expensive and doing without the extra flavor shots. But your juice is the best I’ve ever found especially for the price, even though I’m now paying more it’s still cheaper than other companies e juices and I’m stuck on the pineapple peach flavor. Its my all day all time vape I just love it. And my order is to me in just 3 to 4 days at most. I will eventually pass through mesa az and plan on stopping in the new store I can’t wait, I’ve been off cigs for over 3 years. I started with pen style mouth to lung hits and soon moved to vv ‘ve mods with 1.8 ohm coils and today I’m at the point of extreme vaping with high watt sub ohm systems. Building my own coils using many different techniques and builds. I own an arsonal of box mods and I’m always experimenting with different builds and resistances, the limits are endless. Its become a serious hobby. I just wish the government would stay out of my business with their regulations. I’m hurting nobody, not hurting myself. I’m into healthy living today and feel I’m being shunned for doing so. I don’t see them regulating golds gym or yoga classes. Why does the law makers target me for giving up cigarette smoking? I don’t understand especially since my doctor is all for my lifestyle changes.

    1. I do apologize for the price increase. We are working on a bulk pricing structure. The reason the FDA is getting involved is because the money is not in cancer or illness, it is in the treatment. If vaping does help people stop smoking and switch, then they have a chance to lose a ton of money.

  9. Jackie Smarr
    5-25-17 2:30am
    I haven’t flown sense I’ve been vaping.Im fling with either Delta or South West out of Austin or San Antonio to Detroit & then crossing into Canada.Idk if I’m going to be able to take my istick pico mod I’m my Carry-on.i was told I can’t & I just bought these today!I’m so worried that I can’t & need to keep my sanity bc I don’t smoke cig’s for 7 ye’s. I need honestly know if I’m going to have em confiscated & can’t afford that. I’ve read positive things but nothing sense 6-5-16.I really need to know if I’m safe like u guy’s were.I hear it’s getting harder pls tell me I’m “honestly”just freaking out &”honestly”everything’s going to be ok bc there’s a lot of crazy things happening on flights lately.I just want to take my vapors w/me, enjoy myself & then back home.I appreciate any & all I need to Know & do to be legal w/no trouble

    1. Hi Jackie! Per the TSA website, “battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person)”. I would recommend getting into contact with the airline you choose to fly with for any additional information regarding restrictions.

  10. Are there any rules on how many I can take in my carry-on? I’ll be flying from China to South Africa and I’d like to take a few back as gifts for my friends because they’re quite cheap here, I’ll be flying with Qatar airways from Beijing with a connecting flight in Doha to Johannesburg(South Africa) and it would really be a pain if they confiscate them or tax me because I “plan on selling them”, I’ll be taking 2 regular vapes and 5-8 G-Pen Elites, do G-pen’s count as vapes to the airport security? Thanks in advance!

  11. I’ve flown a few times internationally, and if you bring spare battery (or batteries) they need to have terminals taped or each placed in a separate plastic bag.

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