Dear Summit: Airplanes and Vaping
Hey there, vape fans! We’re back for another week’s installment of Dear Summit. This week, we answer some questions about air travel with electronic cigarettes and e-juice. There’s a good chance you fly on an airplane once or twice a year, and here are some tips to keep your trip conflict-free!
The TSA has vaping-specific rules for air travel. They have provided the following declaration:
NEW REGULATIONS FOR TRAVELING WITH E-CIG BATTERIES IN 2016:
Due to fire risks created by low quality ecig products, vaping devices/batteries are allowed in carry on baggage only! No ecig batteries allowed in checked bags. Do not attempt to travel with vaping devices fashioned to look like weapons or explosives.
Not only should you refrain from vaping on a plane, but be sure to keep your vaping supplies in your carry-on luggage. The “low quality ecig products” designation is not the TSA making a snooty judgment on the craftsmanship of your device, but rather a safety precaution against vapers with unsafe, damaged, and potentially incendiary batteries.
Here are a few tips for flying with vape gear:
1. Do NOT vape on the plane!
It may not seem like a big deal, but vaping on planes is prohibited by law. Vaping is treated exactly like cigarette-smoking on planes. Vaping on planes could be met with a $2,200-$3,300 fine. Trust me, even a heavenly inhale of Hawk Sauce is not worth a four-figure fine.
Since the terrorist hijackings of 9/11, folks are a bit anxious about safety on planes. A nervous passenger may mistake your vapor clouds for an indication of mechanical failure on the plane, or a hazardous miasma of terrorist chemical warfare. Some find the smell/clouds offensive, as well. Just don’t vape on planes.
If the flight attendants issue an in-flight disturbance report for an in-flight diversion, you could be fined up to $25,000.
2. Disassemble your vaping equipment
Some vaping devices look like weapons. Some mods malfunction and auto-fire. Some batteries are unsafe. To remove any risk of a horrific incident, take your mod apart and keep it in a case or air-tight ziplock baggie. Be sure to store the parts in a way that won’t damage your equipment, and use battery cases for your external batteries.
This will cut down on fire-hazards, alarm from TSA, and it will make it easier to explain what your device is.
3. Keep your juice in 3.4-ounce or smaller bottles
As a security measure, all fluid must be kept in bottles that hold 3.4 ounces or less. This rules out 236 mil bottles! If you have a 236 mil bottle of your must-have juice, consider buying some empty 30 mil bottles, and divide your rations. Once your bottles are all suitable sizes, store them in a 1-quart zip-lock bag. Keep in mind, all passengers have a limit of one 1-quart ziplock bag of liquid.
4. Once the plane has landed, vape in designated areas at the airport
The first thing on your mind after a long flight is a great draw from your vape. Not so fast! You should only vape in the designated “smoking” areas at the airport. These can usually be found in the most inconvenient corner of the airport, without adequate signage directing you there. Once the Lord of the Rings-esque trek is complete, reassemble your equipment, load the e-juice, and indulge in the delight of forbidden fruit.
You will likely see a fellow-vaper in the smoker circle. Take a deep draw, and give your comrade a tight, affirming nod of the head.
That’s it for this week’s Dear Summit blog. Be sure to post your comments, questions, or support in the comments section below. And, as ever, vape on!