Tips and TSA Guidelines for Air Travelling with E-Cigs and Nicotine E-Liquid

So, recently we talked about how great and convenient e-cigarettes can be while traveling and shared some tips and advice for the best experience while on trip and using e-cigs, which brought some people to ask us about restrictions when flying at the airport and having such devices in your bags or carry-on. The good news is, there are very little restrictions on bringing electronic vaporizers and smokeless cigarettes on board with you, just as long as it is in personal consumption amounts. You wouldn’t want to try and fly a case of e-liquid to your relatives in another country, that’s for sure!

The Transport Security Administration (TSA) currently does not impose any heavy or unfair restrictions on carrying e-cigs and e-liquid bottles with you aboard a passenger airplane. They even feature a quick and short blog post confirming the allowance of such devices on-board, but they also have taken to twitter to remind people to use a little bit of common sense when bringing on vaporizers on board with you. Last month, a post warned users that although e-liquid and electronic cigarettes were allowed on board, you should never try to bring vaporizers that have the shape of a weapon, such as this device shaped like a grenade. It doesn’t take a genius to realize how bad of an idea it was to take this to the airport.

The TSA 3-1-1 Liquids Rule

Additionally you cannot bring large quantities of e-liquid with you and the TSA does outline safety guidelines and security rules to follow when carrying ALL types of liquids in a bottle. They call it the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule and it is very important to follow it regarding all e-liquids you may want to bring with you on your trip. The first part of the 3-1-1 rule is that all bottles must be of 3.4 ounces or less. That equates to 100ml or less, which is perfectly fine with e-liquid bottles that are often sold in 15ml or 30ml formats. This is only when flying out and when you fly back in you can bring more liquids with you. Some exceptions are made for baby formula and such as long as you declare it.

The second part of the 3-1-1 rule is that you must bring all your bottles of 3.4 ounces or less in a single quart-sized zip top or zip lock type transparent bag, and the bag size is an indicator of how many bottles you should limit yourself to, therefore you cannot jam the bag full of bottles, they all have to be easily identifiable through the bag.

Finally, the third part of the 3-1-1 rule is that only 1 bag can be brought per traveler and must be placed in the security bin when checking in your bags at the airport. No second bin or second bag along with you, it will be refused. Therefore the idea of 3-1-1 stands for 3.4 ounce or less bottles, 1 quart-sized zip top bag and 1 bag per person placed in the security bin. This rule is applied to avoid long delays when checking in bags to facilitate and speed up queue lines.

More Traveling Tips

When travelling with your vaporizers or electronic cigs, one important thing to remember is to properly store and pack them. We have an in-depth article that looks at some of the dangers of improperly storing your battery devices. Just another reminder, make sure not to bring questionably shaped vaporizers in your bags that you know will certainly ring an alarm!

We highly suggest to bring all e-liquid bottles with you on your carry-on to avoid any weight crushing and causing them to leak all over your stuff. Additionally, you won’t have to open and unpack your big bag at checkup, which will also cause delays and frustrate people around you.

As for your e-cig batteries and chargers, they can travel fine properly stored in their cases along with your luggage. If you must bring one with you on board, you may want to be careful about using it on the airplane. First and foremost, you should ask if it is disallowed and if you still want to vape and get away with it, just remember that if any smoke detectors are in close proximity, they may get set off by the vapor nearby. We just recently talked about the topic of e-cigs and smoke detectors if you wish to know more. That’s about it, so have fun on your travels and may they be memorable and smoke- free trips to cherish forever.