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TSA Guidelines on Bringing E-Cigarettes and Vapes on Planes

by Bianca Medina July 10, 2017 28 Comments

Airlines regularly allow passengers to bring their E-Cigs, Vapes and accessories onto flights.

Do you have big trip coming up? Are you going to Europe for a week and don’t know if you can bring your vape on your travels? Well, good news.

You can bring your vape with you on a plane, but there are some rules every vape-enthusiast needs to be aware of.
  1. First and foremost is that vaping and charging your battery on the plane is prohibited and extremely dangerous.
  2. Second is to always double-check with the airline’s rules and restrictions to make you are complying with their policies.

However, this article will explain how you can safely and legally bring your vape or e-liquids on most plane trips and into airports without trouble.

Speaking of trouble. Be sure to check if vaping is allowed in the place your are going. Many countries have made vaping illegal to use or illegal to sell vape products.

Carry On Bags, Ok. Checked Bags, No.

When you take your vape, make sure it’s backed on your carry-on and not your check in luggage. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or plane side, all electronic cigarette and vaping devices, along with any spare lithium batteries, must be removed from the bag and should be taken with you in the aircraft cabin.

According to the TSA website, passengers are allowed to bring onto the plane electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, such as batteries, atomizers, only in their carry-on bags. However, passengers are not allowed to have any of these vape related items in their checked bags due to safety measures.

How much vape juice can I take on a plane?

For carry on bags, passengers are allowed to carry up to 100ml of liquids such as e-juice bottles. Anything more than 100ml will have to be put inside the checked baggage. It’s advised to avoid glass containers because it could be considered a hazard and has the possibility of breaking and spilling.

It is recommended that passengers place bottles in a quart-sized clear zip-lock bag.

This should allow you travel with more than one 100ml bottle if needed.

Batteries Allowed Only in Carry On

You may travel with dry batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D) in your carry-on or checked baggage. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits loose lithium batteries from being transported in checked baggage.

It’s a good idea to bring a vape battery case to hold your batteries for the duration of the trip. Always take precaution. You wouldn’t want to be the next guy who ends up on the news for starting a fire during a flight because your vape pen decided to explode!

Typically most vape devices and E-cigarettes are powered by lithium batteries, which, if exposed to excessive heat or damage, can lead to disastrous consequences. In one instance, a fire erupted mid flight on an American Airlines trip when a passenger with a carry on e-cigarette claimed the device malfunctioned and had a thermal runaway. The device began to overheat increasingly, resulting in a small fire that was immediately extinguished by the crew. Luckily, no one was harmed, but it did result in questions being raised concerning the safety of traveling with vaporizers and e-cig devices.

To avoid potential fires it is always a good idea to read up on how to properly care for e cigarettes and vape batteries. With vape technology advancing year after year it is always good to stay up to date on how to charge and carry your device.

Other vape tips when traveling.

Stock up on coils

You might have a good idea of when to change your vape coil already but having a couple of coils to replace ones that have burnt out will make sure your vape experience is not affected. Carrying some with you can save you in a crunch instead of having to look for a local vape shop in the country you are going to.

Consider buying empty vape juice bottles

TSA and most airline carriers do not allow bottles over 100ml. This can be a problem due to some vape juice bottles being available in a 120ml option. Buying some empty e liquid bottles that are smaller than 100ml might be a good idea to distribute your e juice into approved TSA liquid containers.

Empty your vape tank

Cabin pressure inside the airplane can cause the e liquid in your vape tank to leak. Emptying your vape tank ahead of time can save e juice from leaking in your bag and possibly ruining whatever is in your carry on.

Buy vape battery containers / place vape batteries in a battery case

Some airline carriers require that all vape batteries be stored in a separate battery case. Having a couple of vape battery containers available just incase can save you a headache of having to throw away a perfectly good vape battery, or buying a new one once you arrive.

Tired of reading? We got you. Check out our quick video on traveling with your vape for a brief rundown of this article.

In conclusion:

Yes you can bring vapes onto planes, but be responsible.

To bring a vaporizer and e-cigarette device onto the plane, you must have it with you on your carry-on bag. Nothing besides juices and e-liquids can be stored in the checked baggage. If you are to carry e-liquids in your carry-on bag, they must be stored in a transparent case and can only contain up to 100ml.

Vaping or “stealth vaping” is strictly prohibited on a plane. Even if done discreetly, vaping on a plane could trigger alarms and, if discovered, could easily lead to an arrest.

It’s great that airlines allow vape-lovers to take their mods and equipment with them, so in return, we should respect the rules and regulations set in place that are really there for our own safety.


Yes, you should avoid flying with a filled cartridges or pods to avoid possible leaks.


Flying from Boston to England (will be there 3 months) I have a sourin edge. I will be packing many bottles of salt nic juice and empty pods in my checked bag. I am flying aerlingus. I am keeping my device and batteries with me in my carry on. Should I throw out my filled pod before boarding the plane?


@Caleb Nichols
Yes, it would be a good idea to empty your vape before bringing it on the plane. Pressure changes during the flight mean your vape will likely leak if there is any liquid in the tank.

Caleb Nichols

Can you leave your liquid inside your vape on the plane or do you have to empty it
Out ?

Ruthless Vapor

October 24, 2019

Hi Steven,
Your bottles should be okay to travel with you. TSA requires that the bottles be 100ml or less, and be placed in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. Essentially allowing you to carry approximately 9 100ml bottles with you.


October 24, 2019

So I know it says e-liquid in the carry on bag is limited to under 100ml. Is that per bottle or? I intend on taking 1 75ml and one 60ml bottle and was wondering if it would be ok for both of those to be in my carry on bag?

Ruthless Vapor

October 17, 2019

Hi Marcos,
We recommend strongly to adapt to the vaping laws of the location you are visiting to best avoid fines, or in some cases, imprisonment. Safe travels!

Marcos Girod

October 17, 2019

I am from a country where vaping is legal at the age of 18, but if I go from that country to somewhere where it is 21, or the opposite, if im going from somewhere where it is 21 to a country that is 18, can I get in trouble? Need an answer by tomorrow. Thank you!


October 10, 2019

Hi Nikko, we recommend leaving your vape at home. Vaping with the use of e-cigarettes is highly restricted in Japan.


October 10, 2019

can i take e-cig from philippines airport to japan airport?

Ruthless Vapor

September 19, 2019

Hi Gabrielle, Good question. We do not believe so. It may be a good idea to prepare to disassemble in the event that the airport you are visiting has stricter regulations.


September 19, 2019

I have a Nord Smok, do I have to take the coil out of the mouthpiece and completely disassemble it?

George from Ruthless

Hi Vanessa,
Great question! The information on Southwest’s website seems it may be approved.

Also please be aware that vaping in the public in the Philippines is banned.

Vanessa Dionne

Am flying from the southwest USA to the Philippine islands is a disassembled cape in my carry-on approved?


I was wondering if you can just leave it in your carry on the bag the whole time or will you have to take it out at some point?

Bailey Clapsaddle

February 19, 2019

I am of smoking age in the state I live in, but I have family in California where the smoking age is 21. Will TSA not let me bring my vape back with me when I go to the airport in California. That’s my biggest concern

Brian From Ruthless

You may not put your Juul in a checked bag. Put it in your carry on bag or on your person!

Mike Taylor

do you know the rules about JUUL ecig. on the plain? thanks

Brian From Ruthless

You can bring as many as you can fit in 1-quart sized bag. Remember, even if your 120 ml e-juice is half full, you still won’t bring it on your person.


how many 100ml bottles can i carry on my person (carry-on)

Brian From Ruthless

The batteries should be removed from your mod or vape. Remember, batteries cannot be checked in. If you have an internal battery like a vape pen, remove the tank/atomizer from the battery.

Best practice would be to disassemble all components and pack it neatly in a case. So that, if you do get stopped, you don’t have to go through the hassle of disassemble your vape. Hope that helps Autumn, and have a good trip!


So I knew all of that, I’m just wondering if I can bring my vape altogether. Like batteries in mod. Tank on the mod. Or do I have to take it apart?

harris karim

hi this year im going on vacation to canada ,toronto from belgium ,how are the TSA rules for vaping items

Brian From Ruthless

You can bring as many as you can carrry in your “carry on bag” or on your person! I would check with your airline for additional restrictions to be ont he safe side.


how many mods can i bring on the plane?


LEEANN, you remember 9/11 thats why you can only bring 100ml of any liquid on the plane, its determine that 100ml of explosives wont critically damage the plane if it get passed security.


December 12, 2017

Not sure how TSA came up with 100ml. I think this rule came up around 2006 when a terrorist tried to bring in a combination of explosive liquids on board. This will be the rule until they can come up with technology that can screen liquids for explosives. If you have a 120 ml bottle and it’s only half full, you still won’t be able to bring it on board. Just remember that you can fit multiple travel sized containers that are each less than 3.4 ounces or 100ml in a 1-quart sized bag. Check out the liquids rule here: .. Happy Travelling!


December 02, 2017

why can i only bring 100 ml of juice on a plane??

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Bringing vapes, e-cigarettes, e-liquids and e-juices onto planes is pretty common, but there are a few rules every vape-enthusiast should be aware of.

Can you take a vape on a plane?

If you’ve been vaping for long enough, there will come a time when you’ll have to travel with your vape or e-cigarette. Thankfully, the majority of airline and airport security now know how to accommodate vapers, but it’s still important to do your own due diligence before flying with any vaporizer. In his article, we’ll break down some things to consider when flying with your e-cigarette and e-liquid, as well as flying with any herbal vaporizer.

Flying with a Vape?

To put it simply, yes and no. Generally speaking, most airlines now allow all customers to fly with e-cigarettes, but there are still some that may not allow users to fly with vapes. For those that do allow it, it’s important to keep in mind any and all regulations they may have. These rules will often apply to how the mod /battery is stored, as well as how much e-liquid you can bring in your carry-on luggage. So long as you follow these regulations there shouldn’t be any issues when flying with your vape and e-liquid.

Flying With an E-Cigarette

Battery Rules and Safety

For the sake of simplicity, in this article we’ll be referring to the guidelines set by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as these regulations have become almost standard around the world. That being said, our advice to vapers is to check with the airline they’ve chosen. While the rules set by the TSA are somewhat universal, it’s always best to err on the side of caution when flying with something you wouldn’t want to lose.

Looking first at the battery, this is perhaps the biggest concern airlines have with vape devices. In recent years, the concern over lithium batteries have become greater and the ways in which they are carried have been regulated even more. Essentially, all lithium batteries can no longer be packed in checked baggage and must be stored in the cabin with the user. This regulation is mandated worldwide by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and is upheld by all airlines. If you do place your batteries in your checked baggage, they will be picked up by an x-ray scanner and you will be liable to lose the mod and extra batteries, as well as having your luggage a little roughed up. In a worst case scenario, your luggage may even be taken off the plane and left at the departure airport.

While almost all airlines will not allow you to fly with checked batteries, here are some airline policies for flying with e-cigs and batteries:

E-Liquid Rules

Unlike batteries, e-liquid can be stored in checked baggage, as well as on your carry-on. If you are putting e-juice in checked baggage, along with any clothes, we recommend double bagging the bottles in a Ziploc-type bag to ensure your clothes don’t get ruined by any leakage. This may be a concern for some, but the advantage to keeping e-liquid in check baggage is the absence of a size limit for the bottles you carry.

If you are travelling with e-liquid in your carry-on, keep in mind liquid restrictions your airline may have. Generally speaking, almost all airlines will not allow flyers to carry more than 100mL of any liquid on a flight. So if you are travelling with e-liquid, be sure to account for all other liquids in your bag to ensure you do not exceed that 100mL restriction. When travelling with e-liquid in your carry-on, we recommend taking new and full sealed bottles, because the pressure change in the cabin will expand the e-liquid and can cause leaking if the plastic seams split.

It should also be noted that this pressure change can also cause tanks to leak as well. To prevent this, or at least reduce your chances of it occurring, close off the airflow of your tank, or empty it completely. Pod systems or cigalike devices should be safe from this issue, but it is still best to be cautious.

Passing Through Security

Thankfully, as more people fly with e-cigarettes and vape mods security has become more accustomed to seeing these devices and know how to deal with them properly. Remember that all electronics, including e-cigarettes, must have their batteries carried onto the plane, and must accompany the traveller as they go through security screenings.

For TSA, the majority of vape pens and mods are viewed as basic security threats, meaning they will get no more attention than a laptop or tablet. In some cases, TSA agents may ask you to prove your vape mod isn’t and explosive, which generally means they want you to turn it on. Because of this, ensure your batteries are charged and your device is functioning properly. This check is generally not done for vape pens or pod systems, but you should keep some charge on them before passing through security.

After you have gone through security, we recommend removing your batteries from mods to prevent accidental firing while in transit. If you do remove your batteries, or carry extra batteries, be sure to keep them protected in a plastic battery case to prevent them from making contact with each other or any other pieces of metal.
Lastly, if you do insist on carrying a coil-building kit when you travel, be prepared to explain why you’re carrying spools of wire, screwdrivers, and wire cutters — all of which may look somewhat suspicious. If you want to avoid this, but still want to use a rebuildable device, we recommend brining pre-wrapped coils if you’re flying. This is even more important if you are travelling to a place where vaping may not be as common.

Can You Vape in an Airport?

In most airports across the US and Canada, smoking in common areas and restrooms is strictly forbidden. This applies to airports and in some cases this law is upheld federally and can result in dire consequences if you are caught smoking or vaping in undesignated areas. Breaking the rules could result in a ticket, or even being ejected from the airport — which will mean missing your flight and defaulting on the price of your ticket. Even if you are a master at stealth vaping, we do not recommend vaping in an airport at all, because of the possible consequences and to respect the people around you.

In some cases, you may find yourself in an airport with a designated smoking room, which is your only legal option for vaping in an airport. While not the most welcoming environment, seeing as these enclosed spaces are usually filled to the brim with cigarette smoke, if you truly need to vape this really is your only option. In some cases, you may even be able to find a smoking lounge with an electrical outlet, meaning you can charge your devices while using them.

Vaping on the Plane?

Please do not ever attempt to do this! Just because you can bring your device on a plane, and just because vaping isn’t smoking, does not mean you can do it on a plane. If you do decide to vape on a plane and are caught, you could be arrested and fined, or even jailed when you reach your destination — in some extreme cases you may force an emergency landing, which will cause the fire department and emergency responders to meet the plane on the tarmac.

While there are some stories of people getting away with vaping the washroom of a plane, this is just another stupid idea. Unlike smoke detectors in the home, the ones used in airplanes are remarkably sensitive and are built to detect any particulate matter that is denser than air.

To put is simply, do not ever vape on a plane and do not try to work around the systems in place. You will be caught and the penalty is not worth the effort.

Flying With an Herbal Vaporizer

For the most part, flying with an herbal vaporizer is a lot like flying with e-cigarettes and vape mods. All batteries must be removed and must pass through security with you, but the major difference comes in the substance that it vaporizes. Generally speaking, cannabis is still illegal in most countries, so keep that in mind when you fly with your herbal vaporizer and if you are asked why you’re travelling with it.

Clean Your Herbal Vaporizer

As we mentioned before, marijuana is generally illegal around the world and so are its various concentrated and edible forms. In many cases, even the residue of the cannabis flower is illegal to posses, which is incredibly important to keep in mind when flying with your herbal vaporizer. That means if you want to take your herbal vaporizer with you, it better be absolutely spotless and odourless. Going through the device with Q-Tips and isopropyl alcohol can help make cleaning the device easier and be sure to scrub every millimeter of the vape, including the herb chamber, mouthpiece, air path, and even the outer surfaces. Loose pieces should be soaked in alcohol, especially the screens.

If you are still concerned that a drug-sniffing canine can still detect a molecule of cannabis in your vaporizer, don’t take it with you. You should also keep in mind that you will have to repeat this whole process when you fly home, especially if your home country is not friendly towards marijuana. If you do decide to bring you herbal vaporizer to a country where cannabis is not tolerated and is illegal, your dry herb or oil vaporizer may be viewed as contraband, and even bringing it in the country could result in a criminal charge. Even if you are allowed to travel with and keep your herbal vaporizer, you may be opening yourself up to a lengthy and uncomfortable search and a long interview with security staff or police.

Flying with Cannabis

This section really only pertains if you are flying within Canada, where cannabis is completely legal. In this instance, travellers are permitted to transport 30g of cannabis on a plane within Canada. It is still completely illegal to take cannabis from Canada into another country, including US states with legal cannabis laws. If you are caught trying to cross the Canadian border with marijuana you will be committing a crime in Canada, and if you’re headed to any American state you will also be prosecuted under the US Federal System.


Thankfully, vapers have become quite accepted as part of travel culture, and many airlines and airports now have proper training to deal with travelling vapers. Aside from that, the tips outlined in this article should help you travel better with your vape gear, allowing for a smooth and seamless travel experience.

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