TSA Guidelines on Bringing E-Cigarettes and Vapes on Planes

July 10, 2017

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

Bringing vapes onto planes is pretty common, but there are some rules every vape-enthusiast needs to be aware of. First and foremost is that vaping and charging your battery on the plane is prohibited and extremely dangerous. 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.

TSA Guidelines on Bringing E-Cigarettes and Vapes on Planes - Ruthless Ejuice

Carry On Bags, Ok. Checked Bags, No.

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 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.

TSA Policy on Liquids, Including E-Juices

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.

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 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!

TSA Vape and ECigarette Guidelines - Ruthless eLiquid


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.

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. That pretty much sums it all up. 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.

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