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It is safe to say that enough time has passed to ensure that vaping can not be considered a ‘new’ thing. The concept of an electronic cigarette has been around for a very long time, and has become widely accepted and used across the world. This means that governments and authorities have long since created and put into place a series of laws, to govern the sale, usage and restrictions of using a vaping device. However, the restrictions which on vaping on-board an aircraft are now tightening in an attempt to improve safety. To try and ensure that you’re up to date with the latest vaping laws and regulations, we’re taking a look at the things you need to know if you’re going to be flying with a vaping device in your belongings.
So, what should I know when I’m flying with a vaping device?
To begin with, let’s talk about where your vaping device will need to be for the duration of your flight. The recent changes in the laws and rules regarding vaping means that your electronic cigarette can no longer be stored with all of your other luggage in the hold of the craft. This is because there have recently been reports of the devices overheating inside the luggage and then exploding, which can be extremely dangerous in a pressurised aircraft that is so many miles up in the air. To ensure that this does not happen, passengers are asked to make sure that their vaping devices are stored inside their hand luggage and then brought with them onto the aircraft, where they will remain in the luggage racks for the duration of the trip.
Next, we’ll look at the possible restrictions which could be in place on your e-liquids. There will always be restrictions on the e-liquids you’re carrying, ensuring that you are not attempting to bring something illegal through customs, so e-liquids are subject to inspection when you’re passing through the airport. To make this slight delay as hassle free and simplistic as possible, it is suggested that you separate out your e-liquids from your cartomizers, and pack the two into different transparent bags.
As a way to prevent excess leakage, it is advised that you wrap the e-liquid inside paper towels, which helps to protect the glass from being broken through impact, and will also help to stop any leaks which may occur during the flight. It’s also suggested, as less of regulation but as more of a helpful tip, that you bring extra supplies with you, such as your favourite e-liquids, as well as replacement parts for your e-cigarette itself, as sourcing replacement parts while on holiday can prove to be a pain.
Travelling with your vaping device
There are also things you should consider when it comes to travelling with a vaping device. To begin with, it’s critical that you remember that current laws prohibit the use of vaping devices while the aircraft is in motion. This is because the vaping device can potentially set off the smoke alarms present inside the aircraft, and this could cause unwarranted panic among the other passengers. As well as this, both the vapour from your device and the noises of the alarms can cause distress to your fellow passengers and could become a source of irritation. Even modern vaping devices, such as the MyJet are prohibited from being in use, even though they produce far less vapour and could theoretically be used without activating the alarms, as the risk of doing so is far too great.
Regarding travelling with e-liquids in bottles, it is advised that you make sure they’re around half full when you board the plane. This is because the air pressure changes will cause the e-liquid to expand, so you may find yourself dealing with a leak if you do not take the correct steps beforehand. This leakage can also be prevented by removing some of the air from the bottle using just the pipette, to allow the sufficient liquid room to expand.
Some vapers have also come up with a beneficial way of ensuring that you do not have any of your bottles leak out while you’re flying. They suggest that aside from bringing an empty spare bottle as part of a standard practice, that you also store your tank upside down if there are e-liquids inside of it. This helps to counteract the pressure by releasing it, which means that the liquid is much less likely to leak out. This has been reported to work with the Kangertech models of electronic cigarettes, therefore it is advised that you experiment with your tank beforehand to make sure that it will not leak.
Overall, these are the things you should know if you’re going to be travelling on a commercial airline, or any airline. Making sure that you follow all the rules and regulations which have been laid down is key to ensuring that you have a hassle-free and smooth flight to wherever it is you’re going. As a general rule, the vaping supplies you take with you on a flight should comply with any and all regulations which are in force, as to ensure that you do not cause any undue hassle and fuss. Most vapers are keen to make sure that the image they do promote is one of respect and a willingness to comply with the rules, as so to shake some of the negative connotations which have come to be associated with the vaping. Your vaping device should be stored in the hold on luggage that you bring onto the cabin with you. Make sure that the e-liquids you do take with you are stored in such a way that they do not leak during the flight, and be aware that they will, in fact, be inspected as you pass through security. Find out more about vaping laws in the country you’re visiting using the world’s first interactive tool by Love Vaping.