Making your way through the airport security process probably isn’t even in the top 100 on a list of things you’d like to do—ever. With all of the worrying about whether your little plastic shampoo bottle is the right size and juggling your carry-on items as you try to put your shoes back on in three seconds or less, the last thing you want to worry about is your electronic cigarette.
So can you take a quick puff while you wait in line? What about on the plane? Can you even get through security with it in your pocket? Here, we’ll answer all of your burning questions about electronic cigarettes and air travel so that you can take that off of your list of airport aggravations.
Vaping at Airports: Different Airports, Different Rules
As with many things involving smoking and vaping, the lines as to where and when you can partake in a puff become a bit blurred between locations. Some airports, like Frankfurt Airport in Germany, feature dedicated smoking areas indoors where travelers are invited to smoke or vape as they please before, after and between flights. Most airports across the US, on the other hand, now prohibit vaping in all smoke-free areas, but many do have designated sections for smoking and vaping. So if you’re planning a trip, you may want to save yourself some time and map out where you can and cannot vape.
What’s the Best Way to Transport an E-Cig?
It seems like there’s an endless number of rules and special processes to face when it comes to how to pack your carryon bags before a flight. Bringing anything liquid or gel-based? Better stock up on 3.4 ounce containers, but not too many – they must fit into a single quart-sized clear plastic bag according to airport security rules for liquids. Also be sure to pack your vaping devices and batteries in your carryon luggage as they are no longer prohibited in checked baggage due to the fire risks associated with certain vaping devices.
The Bottom Line
Familiarize yourself with the smoking and vaping rules of the airports you will be visiting and do not risk packing your vaping device in your checked luggage. If you cannot find a designated area for vaping, be sure to ask before your start puffing away, not only to be a courteous vaper, but also because there may be uninformed bystanders who think it’s their responsibility and moral duty to call absurd attention to your vapor. Asking beforehand also ensures you won’t have to face the awkward embarrassment that often accompanies being pulled aside by an agent to be reprimanded in front of everyone, not unlike a school kid caught shooting spitballs at the teacher in math class. Just stick to these simple rules of thumb and your next trip with your e-cig should go off without a hitch.