It is evident to see that vaping has seen a significant boom in popularity in recent years, which has become just as common amongst the younger audience as it has amongst the senior crowd. Whilst some elder individuals have struggled to kick their unfavourable smoking habit, many others have decided to embrace the more modern alternative. E-cigarettes and vaping have been adopted as a way to save money and reduce the risks associated with smoking cigarettes for long and short-term smokers.
To add to its benefits, a recent study supported by the NHS indicated that vaping has been endorsed by health experts as a far safer alternative to smoking.
But, as vaping becomes more regarded in the health industry, general rules around vaping are subject to change, as they decipher new studies and findings. This means it’s difficult to know where you stand in a society where the definitive effects of vaping are relatively unknown, making the idea of travelling with your vape seem disconcerting and off-putting.
Airlines have progressively been tightening their restrictions around vapes on planes for quite some time, and to make things easier and painless for you when approaching your holiday we have put together a simple guide to follow. We want to make sure fellow individuals are able to travel abroad, with their vaping equipment, with the understanding of what they can and cannot do.
If you have scheduled a flight and you are looking to travel with your vaping kit, you might have a few queries before setting off. Below, are featured the most commonly asked questions to make sure you start your vacation off in the best way possible. Stress and hassle free.
Should you store your e-cigarette in the hold or should you carry it on as hand luggage?
As there have been a handful of cases which have seen the battery exploding and overheating, it is no-longer possible to store your battery-operated e-cigarettes in the hold due to the risk of starting a fire.
Instead, battery-powered vaping devices (including e-cigarettes, vape pens and all other electrically powered nicotine devices) must be checked in to your hand luggage, and carried on with you in the cabin.
Detach the tank from the mod, and store the tank in your clear plastic bag along with your toiletries. Make sure your mod is switched off – otherwise, the button could be held down in your bag.
Can I carry e-liquids on-board my flight?
Because most airlines have restrictions which cover your ability to carry liquids when flying, it’s quite common that your e-liquids and vape will be subject to a security inspection.
To ensure this runs as smoothly as possible, it is advised that you pack your liquids and clearomizers in two separate, transparent bags. Top tip, wrap it in toilet roll so 1) the glass doesn’t get damaged and 2) any excess liquid that may leak will be soaked up.
What e-liquid equipment will I need for my travels?
It is advised to stock up a little extra on the core essentials to avoid being caught short whilst you’re on your holiday. Depending on where you’re going, you may want to avoid sampling the local e-liquids. Remember to pack extra e-liquid as well as some space replacement coils, because sourcing replacement parts whilst abroad can be difficult.
Can you use a vaping pen on the plane?
No airlines allow for the use of e-cigarettes whilst flying as your vape may set off the in-cabin smoke alarms. Vaping mid-flight has the potential to alarm and cause frustration to other passengers. Even if you are using a modern device such as the MyJet, which produces minimal vapour and could potentially, go undetected.
How do I travel with e-liquid juice bottles?
Bottles of e-liquid will expand during take-off which is caused by the increase in air pressure. The best way to mitigate any damage is to fly with bottles which are only half filled, so that the juice has room to expand during the flight.
How can I stop my tank from leaking?
When you fly, it is advised to bring an empty spare tank. Nevertheless, if you do travel with a tank full with e-liquid, it is recommend that you store the tank upside down during take-off to prevent any awkward spillage. By holding it upside down, the pressure is released which will not cause any problems.
If you couldn’t imagine detaching yourself away from your vaping device for the duration of your holiday, it is your prerogative to keep up to date and abide by the laid down flight etiquette whilst traveling. Make sure you’re prepared to fly, learn the rules in the country you’re travelling too if you want to have a comfortable trip when carrying your vaping equipment.
If you’re still concerned, carry a disposable e-cigarette with you which can be discarded before boarding.