Ex-smokers often worry that they might relapse when they go on holiday – relaxing in the sun and eating and drinking more than usual can often trigger old habits. Don’t forget to pack your e-cigarettes and e-liquid so that you can manage your cravings and enjoy your leisure time. Here are the key considerations when taking e-cigarettes on flights:
Before you fly
- Don’t assume that your destination country will sell e-liquids, they may not have shops in the area you’re visiting and, even if they do, retailers may not follow strict quality testing. It is best to take good quality liquids with you.
- Check that your destination country allows e-cigarettes before you visit, laws change rapidly. There have been stories that tourists to Dubai, for example, have been asked to hand in their vaping devices on arrival. So don’t take your most expensive mod!
- Check the regulations of the specific airline you are travelling with.
- Be prepared to deal with different attitudes towards vaping; some countries aren’t familiar with e-cigarettes so you may be the subject of curiosity.
Packing vaping equipment
- Changes in pressure can sometimes cause tanks to leak so consider emptying your tank before you board or use a clearomizer which can turn so the holes on your tank aren’t covered.
- Disconnect batteries from tanks – it will prevent your e-cig turning on by mistake and using up essential battery life!
- Turn manual batteries off.
- Only pack what you need, don’t overload with cartridges and chargers as this may cause suspicion.
Vaping and airline baggage
Most airlines do not allow batteries or mods in hold luggage due to the risk of explosions and other accidents. It is better to pack them in your hand luggage and carry them into the cabin with you.
If you have a strange looking mod, explain to security staff that you have an e-cigarette device in your luggage and put it separately in the tray to make everyone’s job easier. Small quantities of e-liquid can also usually be taken through security in a clear plastic bags as it falls under the 100ml limit.
Large quantities of e-liquid can be packed in hold luggage. It is always best to check the airline regulations on this before you travel. Flybe, for example, no longer allows e-liquid to be carried onto the plane.
Vaping at airports
Some airports, including Heathrow, will allow e-cigarette use in designated areas on the premises. Others ban their use within the terminal building. Foreign airports have very different rules so don’t assume you can vape as soon as you land – check with a member of staff.
Vaping on planes
Almost all airlines have banned vaping, it is strictly forbidden. People who have been caught vaping on planes have spent a night in prison. If you try and sneak a stealth vape in the toilet, it can trigger fire alarms and cause delays. It’s just not worth it!
The only company that allows you to vape on board is Ryanair – but you can only use the smokeless cigarettes they sell which don’t have good reviews!
You are no longer allowed to charge e-cigarettes on the aircraft.