According to the TSA, you are allowed to bring disposable vapes on a plane, but they must only be packed in your carry-on.
This is due to safety concerns that disposable vapes can be a fire hazard and endanger your fellow passengers and the cabin crew.
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While all major and regional airlines will allow you to bring disposable vapes on the plane, there may be restrictions on how many you can bring.
Generally, if you bring no more than 15-20 disposable vapes that are all safely sealed and stored in your carry-on bag, you’ll be fine.
Disposable Vapes & International Travel
It makes no difference if you’re flying internationally, in the sense that you should always pack disposable vapes in your carry-on.
But the biggest difference and thing to look out for is if vaping is even legal in the country are planning to visit, or if there are restrictions on vaping products.
While this doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to bring your vape into the country, finding a shop that sells disposable vapes may either be challenging or impossible.
The following countries have some of the strictest regulations in the world when it comes to vaping:
- Australia: E-liquid containing nicotine is illegal to sell or import.
- Argentina: The sale, importation and manufacturing of e-cigarettes is banned in Argentina.
- Brazil: The sale and importation of e-cigarettes is illegal in Brazil.
- China: Non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes are banned from sale in China
- Hong Kong: The sale or possession of nicotine-based e-cigarettes is illegal in Hong Kong
- India: There is a ban on the sale and production of e-cigarettes in India.
- Iran: The sale or distribution of e-cigarettes is illegal in Iran.
- Japan: E-cigarettes containing nicotine are banned unless the e-cigarette is registered as a medicinal product.
- Nicaragua: In Nicaragua, vaping products are completely banned.
- Singapore: It is illegal to possess, purchase and use vaporizers in Singapore.
- Thailand: Thailand has banned e-cigarettes since 2014.
How to Pack Disposable Vapes for Flying
Bringing disposable vapes on a plane and through airport security is a pretty simple process, and you are unlikely to run into any problems.
- Make sure that you only pack your disposable vapes in your carry-on.
- If your vapes have an on/off switch, make sure that they are set to off.
- If your disposable vapes contain metal, make sure that you don’t leave them in your p]pocket because they can set off the metal detector.
- On long flights, it can be a good idea to bring a nicotine alternative, such as nicotine pouches.
Flying as a Minor With a Disposable Vape
If you’re a minor and are planning to bring a disposable vape on your next flight, it isn’t something that I would recommend, as you would technically be breaking the law.
But it isn’t as if a TSA agent is going to card you, and the TSA are far more concerned with detecting security threats that would put the safety of passengers at risk, which a minor attempting to travel with a vape simply isn’t one of them.
Don’t Vape on the Plane
If there’s one thing you definitely don’t want to do on a plane, it’s vape.
While you might think that the dangers of vaping on a plane are far less than those of smoking, you will still be subject to a fine or even jail time if you fail to comply with a crew member’s instruction to stop vaping, or especially if you have tampered with the smoke detector.
Don’t Vape At the Airport
Vaping at the airport would also be a very bad idea.
The only area of an airport you would be able to vape would either be outside or inside a designated smoking lounge.
Rules & Regulations for E-Liquids & Nic Salts
You are allowed to bring vape juice on a plane, including both e-liquids and nic salts, in your carry on and checked bags.
But if the e-liquid or nic salt you want to bring is in a bottle that exceeds 3.4oz/100ml, you must only pack it in your checked bag, otherwise it will be confiscated.
This is due to the 3-1-1 rule that is enforced at all airports worldwide.
Ella Dunham, a Freelance Travel Journalist and Marketing Manager, boasts an impressive career spanning eight years in the travel and tourism sectors.
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