Whether you’re jet setting around the world, or just flying home to visit mum, there are a few things you need to consider before taking your vape on a plane.
You would be unlucky to find a company that won’t allow you to bring your vape with you when you travel, but there are things that you can do to prevent your vape from being seized by customs or airport security:
Check in or Carry on?
ALWAYS make sure you take your vape with you in your carry on luggage. Leaving your vape (including batteries) in your check in luggage means you are at risk of your vape being seized by customs or airport security.
- Your Device
- If you have a vape with external batteries, make sure to take them out of your vape and store them in a battery case in your carry on luggage.
- Disconnect your atomiser from your battery or mod and store them safely in a vaping travel case or ziplock bag.
If you use a tank atomiser, you may find that the change in air pressure when flying will cause your tank to leak. Better to be safe than sorry, and empty your tank into a spare e-liquid bottle before flying.
- Spare Lithium Ion Batteries
- Make sure that ALL spare batteries are stored safely in a battery case.
- Airports have restrictions on carrying lithium ion batteries, including but not limited to a maximum of 20 spare batteries per person and a maximum of 100 Watt hours (Wh) or 2g lithium content. For more information, click here.
The formula for finding out the Wh of your batteries is (Wh)*1000/(V) =(mAh). For example, if you have a 1.5Wh battery rated at 5V, the power is 1.5Wh * 1000 / 5V = 300mAh. If, like me, you want something a little simpler, click here for the calculator.
- All liquids must be in individual containers no larger than 100ml in volume.
- All containers must be in a resealable transparent plastic bag no larger than one litre (approximately 20cm x 20cm or 8” x 8”).
- Only one bag per passenger.
The plastic bag must be sealed and taken out of other carry-on baggage at the screening point.
- Using your Vape
- As instructed by your on board flight attendants, you can not use or charge your vape while on board the airplane.
Most big airports have designated smoking areas. Although it is not a legal requirement to vape in these areas, it ultimately comes down to Vaping Etiquette.
Last but not least, almost every country in the world has different laws when it comes to e-cigarettes and vapourisers. Many countries have far stricter legislation on vape use, distribution, manufacturing, and importing than New Zealand. For example:
“Classified as tobacco products. A resolution prohibits the sale, advertisement, distribution and importation of e-cigarettes. As tobacco products, their use in public places and public transportation is prohibited by a decree.” Read more here.
“Classified as tobacco products and referred to as e-cigarettes in the decision that bans their sale, importation and distribution.” Read more here.
“E-cigarettes are prohibited under several regulatory mechanisms. The Medicine Act prohibits manufacturing, sale and importation of modern medicinal products.” Read more here.
“The Tobacco Product Control and Regulatory Directive, 2014 bans the sale (including single unit sale), advertising, promotion and sponsorship, importation, manufacture, as well as distribution and use of e-cigarettes in public places and transport.” Read more here.
For a full list of countries and their policies, click here.
Traveling internationally may require a little more due diligence, but if you follow our tips in this post, your vaping gear will be safe in all your domestic and international ventures.