Posted by Dirk McDirden on February 08, 2018
Travelling on an airplane can be interesting when bringing your vape devices and liquids. E-Cigarettes are not permitted in checked luggage due to the nature of battery safety. Regulations vary from country to country and TSA Agents aren’t perfect and you need to make their job easier if you want a hassle free security screening.
How can I streamline my security screening process?
1.Remove batteries from devices, and place into safe battery cases. If you have a large number of batteries (8+) place the battery cases in a clear ziplock bag. This is overkill, but it shows the TSA screener you are thoughtful with how you pack and are able to keep the batteries in a secure and consolidated place should anything go wrong mid-flight.
2.Empty liquid from your tank/atomizer. Cabin pressure in an aircraft changes and most likely will cause your tank to leak during the flight. Some TSA agents will make you empty your RTA/tank prior to clearing security screening, so if you plan ahead it will make your screening process more hassle-free.
3.If you have a lipo/internal battery device, make sure the device is “locked” prior to the flight, with shifting luggage, the last thing you want is for your mod’s fire button to press down and release vapor or burn a coil at 30,000 ft. It is generally recommended to remove the atomizer on internal battery devices as well at locking the fire button. It might be overkill, but everything you pack should be done in a way to inhibit any incidentals mid-flight.
4.E-Liquids fall under the 3-1-1 TSA liquid rule. 100ml maximum size bottles that fit in a 1 qt. bag. TSA agents may let 120ml bottles slide, but it’s recommended to not attempt to try bringing any bottles that are larger than 100mls. You may bring as many 100ml bottles that fit in a 1 qt. bag. You can pack e-liquid in your checked bag, the restrictions for checked bag items are for vape devices, not liquid. If you are travelling for an extended period, plan ahead by shipping additional e-liquid to your destination, or visiting a local vape shop.
Bring only what you need, there may be a TSA agent who is under trained and if you are close to missing your flight, it won’t be worth the hassle to argue or invite a body cavity search. Remember your Constitutional rights? Those go out the door in a post 9/11 world. Streamline what you need to bring vs what you would like to bring with you on your trip.
The FAA prohibits Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices in checked bags. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). Check with your airline for additional restrictions. Remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside.
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.
Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.
3-1-1 for Liquids
Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes must be 3.4 ounces or less.
All bottles must fit in a single quart size plastic bag and the bag must be placed in a bin for screening.
Spare (uninstalled) lithium ion and lithium metal batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage only.
These devices are battery powered and have a heating element that vaporizes liquid (that may or may not contain nicotine). These devices are prohibited in checked baggage and may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). They may not be used or charged on the aircraft. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or planeside, all electronic cigarette and vaping devices, along with any spare lithium batteries, must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin.
WARNING: Lithium batteries must be handled with extreme care. Lithium batteries must be compatible with the device. Installed batteries must not be more powerful than what the device is designed for. Homemade "modified" battery packs–whether installed in a device or carried as a spare–are forbidden on aircraft. Spare (uninstalled) lithium batteries must be placed in carry-on baggage. See separate entry in this table for spare lithium batteries
When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or at planeside, all spare lithium batteries must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin. The battery terminals must be protected from short circuit. Quantity limits: None for most batteries – but batteries must be for use by the passenger. Batteries carried for further sale or distribution (vendor samples, etc.) are prohibited. There is a limit of two spare batteries per person for the larger lithium ion batteries described above (101-160 watt hours per battery).
Batteries must be protected from damage.
Battery terminals (usually the ends) must be protected from short circuit (i.e., the terminals must not come in contact with other metal). Methods include: leaving the batteries in their retail packaging, covering battery terminals with tape, using a battery case, using a battery sleeve in a camera bag, or putting them snugly in a plastic bag or protective pouch.
Finally, don't vape on a plane... Think you're slick with your stealth vape? You might be, but it makes for bad headlines and the vape industry doesn't need your Fu$& Boi headlines.
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