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What Are the UK Rules for Travelling With Vapes and E Liquids?


7 May 2021

Words by webvitality

If you are planning a trip abroad in the near future, you might be wondering if you can get your vape through the departure gate or not. Let’s show you the dos and don’ts of travelling with vapes and e-liquids

Can I Take My Vape on the Plane? 

If you want to take your vape with you on the plane, you need to pack the device in your hand luggage or carry-on. Airlines do not allow vapes or e-cigarettes in the hold. If you put your e-cigarette in your checked baggage, this could result in delays. However, any extra refills can be put in your hold luggage. If you take any refills with you, put them in a plastic bag or container as the changes in the cabin air pressure can cause tanks to leak. You can take the juice or e-liquid onto a plane, but it’s important to remember that e-liquids will count towards your liquid limits. Your carry-on luggage will only allow a limit of 100 ml of any liquid, including vape juice.

Can I Vape on a Plane? 

Under no circumstances can you vape on a plane. The reason you carry it onto the plane is that lithium batteries are not allowed in checked-in luggage as lithium batteries are not allowed in the cargo hold due to their fire hazards. If you are caught vaping on a plane, there will be severe penalties. And even if you are trying to do it on the sly in the toilet, airlines have installed detectors in their toilets to identify people trying to do it. It is not worth the risk, even if you plead ignorance. They have been severe penalties, and you could run the risk of being arrested when you land at your destination or receive a lifetime ban after being detected.

Can I Use My Vape at the Airport? 

Vaping is banned at all UK airports. When you get into the terminal, you will not be allowed to use your vape until you arrive at your destination and have found a designated area where you are allowed, which is usually located away from the terminal. You need to check with your airport to see if there are any designated vaping areas. Every airline has its own specific set of rules on vaping and travelling with e-cigarettes. While all airlines have banned the use of e-cigarettes on planes, each specific airline provider has its own rules. For example, electronic cigarettes can be carried in hand luggage but not used onboard on British Airways flights. In addition, Qantas Airlines requires you to carry it in hand luggage, but have also banned the use of charging e-cigarettes. While each airline has its own specific wording, it’s important to remember that the message is the same across the board. Keep your vape in your hand luggage, and do not use it on the plane at all.

Vaping laws and regulations change all of the time, and it’s important to check with the airport if they have specific rules and regulations towards vaping. You should also make sure that when you travel to a specific country, they will have a certain type of etiquette towards vaping and e-cigarettes.

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