Traveling with an E-Cig | How to Properly Store Your Mod

This might be a silly blog this week, considering it seems like common sense, but what we, here at Mt Baker Vapor have been seeing in the news has been fairly concerning. So today we will be going over how to properly pack your electronic cigarette or mod or whatever device you may be using for travel. Traveling with an e-cig can be tricky. Let’s go over it.

Giving a reason as to why we are going over this today, here is an example of what not to do while traveling with an e-cig:

On Saturday, August 9, passengers were evacuated from a JetBlue flight to Buffalo, New York, when baggage handlers smelled smoke. The smoldering bag was removed from the plane and put out with a fire extinguisher. But if the flight had actually taken off, things could have been very different, pointed out Ed Freni, director of aviation with the Massachusetts Port Authority. The culprit seems to have been an e-cigarette.

(https://www.yahoo.com/travel/smoke-on-a-plane-e-cigarettes-ignite-more-controversy-95196597537.html)

Now, incidents like on this JetBlue flight happen when people forget to turn off their battery and/or remove the battery from their mod… when this happens the mod can get stuck in the firing position and continually fire the battery inside until a small fire erupts. So here we go explaining how to go about bringing your electronic cigarette onto a plane.

Thus far the TSA has made no regulations against traveling with an e-cig (as long as incidents like the JetBlue one above stop happening). SO with that being said, any time you travel with your e-cig you need to:

1. Disconnect your tank or dripper from your battery, keeping any current of electricity from going to your coil.

2. If you are traveling with a tank, you’ll probably want to keep it in a small sandwich size zip lock bag. The pressure changes from takeoff to landing tend to flood tanks, so keeping them in a bag will protect your stuff from getting covered in e-juice.

3. If you have a removable battery, take that out of your mod just as a precautionary step. Also please make sure to secure this battery in a safe case away from metal to avoid accidental arcing.

Once you have done all three steps boom…. all done!

Now for bring that delicious, yummy juice with you for those long vacations, TSA has stated you are able to bring nothing higher than a 3.4 ounce bottle, whether that is in your checked bags or in your carry on, but you can bring multiple of those massive bottles. But in the grand scheme, that is about half of an 8oz bottle which should be lasting you a month. I see no reason to bring more than that, unless you are permanently relocating. In that case, Mt Baker Vapor ships anywhere, even hotels, even international just ong as you checked with your local border customs. Here is a photo of how to properly store your juices:

TSALiquidTravelingRuleEcigsandEliquidPlanes

http://www.electroniccigaretteconsumerreviews.com/tsa-guidelines-for-flying-with-e-cigarettes-e-liquid/

Alrighty so now that we are all set on traveling with an e-cig, one thing that is really, reeeeallllly, REEALLYYY important to remember! NEVER … NEVER EVER vape on a plane! It is tantamount to actually smoking on a plane which you would be looking at a fine up to $5,000, so dont try it, please dont. Dont ruin it for the rest of us who just want to vape on vacation.

Something to think about:

That being said have any of you had any issues with the TSA not allowing you to bring your electronic cigarette on board? Or even checking it in your baggage?

 

08/02/2018 Update: Since the original publishing of this article, there are guidelines from the TSA on how to travel with e-cigarettes and lithium ion batteries. You must PUT THE E-CIGARETTE AND BATTERIES IN YOUR CARRY-ON. Do not put it in your checked bag. It will be confiscated.

You may also like our blog post on 10 Celebrity Vapers!

 

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

54 thoughts on “Traveling with an E-Cig | How to Properly Store Your Mod

      1. So I Have A Vaporizer Amd I’m Traveling From. Atlanta to Florida And What Can I Do To Hide It So It want be seen inside my bags

        1. You have to have it on your Carry On. Just have it taken apart and the e liquid in a quart size bag and you will not have to hide it.

  1. Hi I have a issue with this. In california starting June 9, 18 year olds like me wont be able to vape legally because the government is changeing it to 21. I am leaving for china a few weeks after that from LA and dont know if I am able to bring on or not. I want to vape on the trip. I have a mini volt mod and i think if I just took it apart i could say its a portable charger and put drip tip and tank inside electronic bag. Do you think I will be safe pouring eliquid into tiny eye drop container as well? Please help me out.

    1. The rules are you have to have your vape in a carry-on baggage, the juice cannot weight more than 3.4 oz, and you cannot vape on a plane. I usually take mine apart so they can see it in the scanner. I would not put the juice in an eye drop bottle. I do not know if they are going to take it away since you are underage with the new regulations.

    2. to my understanding, what happens when the smoking age is raised,if you were of the legal smoking age before it was raised, you are exempt from the age change. I’m not 100% sure but I’m pretty sure thats how it works.

  2. Hi. Im traveling with my Vapor Shark DNA 200 that is still in the box unopened. The battery is internal. Do you think I can carry it with me? thanks.

    1. I would say yes. They might make you take it out of the box. Just make sure it is in your carry on and not your checked baggage.

  3. Im bringing 3 mods. One for me, for my brother and for my boyfriend. Its still in the box and im planning to put it in my carry-on. I have the batteries and they are still in the secured packaging which im also planning to put on my carry-on. I have a lay-over in Dubai. Do you think i will be able to keep it? Because ive heard Dubai airport is kinda strict in terms of this items.

    1. Vapes are illegal in Dubai, I have read that some people were allowed to carry them with them but they were approached by police and informed they are in fact illegal but they were allowed to keep them. I would call over there and ask them what would happen.

    2. Hi Richee,

      Hows your experience traveling with your mods ? Were they brand new and still fully covered ?

      I am about to bring some with my flight and dont know whether to put them in checked or with me in the carry-on. Since they are totally brand-new.

  4. I will be traveling with a Joyetech Cuboid 150w mod. The mod is a decent size rectangular shape which concerns me that TSA may think it’s something it’s not… I was thinking it would be a good idea to put the mod and the empty tank in their individual boxes from the manufacturer so TSA can visually see what it is? Also put the boxes in a clear gallon size ziplock? Do I then put that bag in the bin for screening or leave it in my carry on and see if they notice? Thanks!

    1. I just got back from my vacation! I just took the batteries out of my mod, had everything in my backpack and nothing was said. It couldn’t hurt if you place everything in the original packaging and put in your carry on 🙂 Good Luck!

  5. Hi, alright so I’m not of legal age to use a vape and I have a Knox mini c, I’m going through buffalo ny airport and I don’t want them to question me about it in front of my rents when they bring me on vacation. I have taken it apart and cleaned the tank and i would like to bring it but I don’t want to cause a scene due to me being under aged. Why don’t you leave it home? My friends have asked me, my answer is for the simple fact that it’s a 13 day trip to visit family I hate and don’t get along with. So please help me out.

    1. You should not be vaping. This is why the FDA and the other groups are getting mad at the vape industry. If you are not of age, you shouldn’t do it. TSA sometimes questions about them but I have never been questioned. There is no way to make sure they do not question you, unfortunately.

  6. Hello
    I am taking a standard mod and my question is do they care about the flavors or anything or as long as it is in the weight limit it’s ok ?
    As in what if my liquids are cannibis related ?
    Thank you

  7. My tank is disposable and full of liquid. Should I put it in my quart sized bag or just leave in in my bag? Thanks.

  8. I’m 16 and need to take my vape abroad with me however my parents don’t know about me having it,where do I put it so I can get through security at the airport without the people that look at the scanners taking it out? Please reply adapt as flight is tomorrow morning

    1. First of all, you are under 18 and shouldn’t be vaping. Also, you shouldn’t be trying to sneak things onto an international flight. Lastly, if you need to hide something from the people that love and only want the best for you, then you probably shouldn’t be doing whatever it is that you are doing. Sorry Dominick, but no advice will be given from me other than be safe and smart!

    1. According to our experience, you shouldn’t have a problem if you do the following:
      1. Disconnect your tank or dripper from your battery, keeping any current of electricity from going to your coil.

      2. If you are traveling with a tank, you’ll probably want to keep it in a small sandwich size zip lock bag. The pressure changes from takeoff to landing tend to flood tanks, so keeping them in a bag will protect your stuff from getting covered in e-juice.

      3. If you have a removable battery, take that out of your mod just as a precautionary step. Also please make sure to secure this battery in a safe case away from metal to avoid accidental arcing.

  9. I have a smok v8 stick am I able to bring that on a carry on. I can’t take the batteries out so should I be ok to put the stick in a zip lock bag by itself an the tank in another one??

    1. You will be fine to take your Smok v8 stick with you on your carry-on or person. You can’t check this device because it does not have a removable battery. I would put the tank in a separate bag because it may leak from the high elevation. hope this helps!

  10. I have a smok v8 stick am I able to bring that on a carry on. I can’t take the batteries out so should I be ok to put the stick in a zip lock bag by itself an the tank in another one??

    1. You will be fine to take your Smok v8 stick with you on your carry-on or person. You can’t check this device because it does not have a removable battery. I would put the tank in a separate bag because it may leak from the high elevation. hope this helps!

  11. I have a SMOK G150 KIT would it be ok if i store it inside my glove compartment in my car in all kinds of weather?

    1. Hi Jake! I would refrain from storing your setup in your car, as this could cause your battery to overheat. Instead you can store your device in a cool place. Feel free to direct any further question, comments, or concerns to support@mtbakervapor.com.

  12. I’m traveling to San Diego and I have a Smok GX350. Is there a limit of how many batteries I can take with me?

  13. I’m traveling from South Carolina to Colorado and have my Suorin Drop with me as well as a 30 mil of juice. Should I carry it with me as a carry on or put it in my big bag I check in?

    1. Im traveling to the dominican republic, i have a mod with an RDA and two baterry , how should pack it? And should i tell tsa that i have a vape in my carry-on?

      1. I travel to DR at least once a year. I always take the batteries out and openly showed my mods and juice in the bins so I wouldn’t get my bag searched. I never had a problem taking vapes into DR except on my most recent 2018 trip. The inspector at the DR airport insisted on taking all of my small bottles of ejuice which were 30mg or 60mg and in a Ziplock. When I asked why, he said “no take on plane, these might leak”. (Thank you Captain Obvious, but isn’t that why they are in a Ziplock bag?) I argued there was no reason to not allow them, but needless to say I lost the argument and he confiscated over $100 worth of ejuice. My advice is to take the minimum you need (sometimes less is more).

  14. Just FYI with respect to foreign countries and customs – the golden rule is keep your gear (mods, vape pens, etc) on your person, in your pockets or jacket you are wearing as you exit the baggage pick up areas. Do not remove them from your pockets until well outside of the airport. Especially through regions such as Dubai and Singapore where they will scan even your checked baggage after you pick them up. They will not scan “you”, your pockets or jacket you are wearing. In Dubai there are instances where it was in carry on luggage or checked bags and they have been taken away. Same with Singapore and a couple airports in Thailand. Mainland China is hit or miss – they don’t even allow lighters on the flight so best of luck there with mods.

  15. I travel a lot worldwide every year, mainly Asia. I also want to add that a lot of tanks will leak during the air pressure change so always keep a couple napkins handy. I keep it in my carry-on and have never had any problems. I turn off the power and have two extra batteries and a battery case with all the additional hardware. Dubai is never been a problem if you’re just transiting through for me although they’re illegal to bring in the country.

  16. Im going to disney next year. I have 2 mods, a joytech ego aio and a eleaf istick 30w. The batteries are not able to come out. What do i do? And can I just have them on me not in my carry on?

  17. I fly occasionally domestically, and to Cabo (Mexico). I almost always carry a couple of mods on my person and have never had TSA, or mexican customs give me more than a cursory look. I put them in the same little tray with my keys and wallet to go through the scanner. It seems to me that being nonchalant has always worked best. And never put any kind of batteries in your checked baggage.

  18. Frequent traveler tip: When you get on the plane, store your tank(s) upside down so the expanding air can escape through the air holes. This allows the air pressure inside the tank to equalize. I have done this on dozens of flights with zero leakage.

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