Airline Travel Guidelines for Electronic CigarettesIt is hard enough for most people to know what restrictions the TSA, or Transportation Security Administration has imposed on airline passengers, but for e-cigarette users this can be a particularly difficult. Many electronic cigarette users are afraid that their devices – either because of the small battery, tiny electric emission, or liquid -- might not pass through airport security.
In an effort to clear up any confusion or misunderstanding, here is a brief overview of what is and is not allowed on airlines, and what you, as a traveler who uses and relies upon e-cigarettes can do.
Are electronic cigarettes prohibited by the TSA?
No. Currently, TSA does not have electronic cigarette devices listed as one of the prohibited devices. This means that any traveler, as long as they follow the guidelines listed below, should be able to pass through a security checkpoint with little to no hassle.
Some electronic cigarette devices do look suspicious on the x-ray machine, which means there is a possibility that you could be pulled over for questioning. However, the questions are fairly standard and the device should pass once you’ve explained that it is an electronic cigarette.
Is There Anything I should do to the E-Cigarette?
There is nothing specifically outlined that you HAVE to do to the electronic device, but there is one thing that might be recommended. It is recommended that you remove disconnect the device from the battery source. This will prevent any potential problems or unexpected electronic flare-ups while the device goes through the x-ray scanner.
What About Any Liquid That May Need to be taken with the E-Cigarette?
Some electronic cigarette devices use liquid that is turned into vapor. The TSA has strict rules regarding how liquid should be taken on a plane. Electronic cigarette users who follow these rules should be able to have the liquid pass with no problems at all.
The rules for are as follows –
• The liquid must be in a 3.4 ounce bottle or less
• The bottle must be enclosed in a 1 quart clear, plastic bag that can be zipped at the top
• The total volume of liquid a person may take is 3.4 ounces
Follow these guidelines and the liquid and electronic cigarette device should pass with no problems.
Is Electronic Cigarette Smoking Allowed in Airports and on the Plane?
This is a relatively controversial topic. Some airports have started to include electronic cigarette devices in the “no smoking” rule. However, not all do. The recommendation therefore is to check with the airport.
The rules regarding electronic cigarettes on the plane can also vary. Some airlines may allow it, while others do not. However, a surprising number of airlines have neither banned it or allowed it, and instead made it an ‘unspoken rule’ type thing. Check with the airline to see if it may be allowed on the plane, but don’t be disappointed if you are told no.
Please note that TSA regulations and specific airline rules may change at any time, this article was written on April 16, 2012, and intended for your guidance only. Check the official TSA website or call your specific airline for specific rules on electronic cigarette devices.