With the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, it’s only natural that travelers will want to take them along on their trips. But how does the TSA and the airlines feel about it?
NEW INFORMATION – REGULATIONS JUST UPDATED: E-Cigs just banned from checked luggage!
Here’s a current look at the answer to: Can You Take An E-Cig On An Airplane?
First and foremost, the TSA Does Not Ban E-Cigarettes from going through airport security in a carry-on bag or in checked luggage. However, as with any device that screeners may not be able to immediately identify, having an e-cigarette in your carry-on bag may cause your bag to held for further screening. Here’s the TSA’s caution:
“Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane.”
Tips for taking an e-cigarette through airport security:
Separate the components
- Place the charger and any cords and battery with your other electronic devices. Its always a good idea to group your electronics in one bag that can be easily examined if necessary. Separate all of the individual pieces.
- Place the liquid in your 3oz liquids bag.
- Be sure the e-cigarette tube itself is in a clear bag that can be readily seen and examined by a TSA or airline agent if required. Having it near the top of your bag for easy access is a good idea.
Now that you have passed through security, can you use an e-cigarette on an airplane? NO!
Airlines have prohibited the use of e-cigarettes on their planes. Official policies are being drafted and should be posted to each airline’s website by mid 2014.
As a general rule of thumb, NO SMOKING applies to e-cigarettes as well. Anywhere you see a no smoking sign should indicate that you can’t use your e-cigarette either. So while smokers once envisioned being able to puff vapors while on an airplane or in an airport, unfortunately those hopes have been dashed.
Whenever you have a question on what items can be taken through airport security, just click over to the TSA’s website. On the homepage you’ll see a window for: When I Fly Can I Bring My? – just fill in the blank. Or find more convenient answers in our article: What Can I Take On Airplane – Easy Answers