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Can You Take E-Cigarettes On A Plane In Australia?

Once upon a time, back in the glory days, you were able to light up a cigarette on flights anywhere in the world, and with any operator. Not only that, all plane seats were designed with comfort in mind, were spacious, and there were no long security lines or invasive bag checks, either.

Today, however, the situation is a little different.

Although red tape and security checks may be annoying, it serves a purpose---the safety of yourself and your fellow passengers.

Whilst it goes without saying that you can no longer smoke cigarettes on planes, what about vapes? Can you take e-cigs on a plane in Australia (or anywhere else in the world, for that matter)? After all, vaping is nothing like smoking aside from the fact that it looks similar, of course.

The Rules and Regulations

Regulations surrounding the bringing and use of vapes and vaping equipment on planes have changed over the last few years, and changes are always being made.

In this article, we are going to cover the current situation at the time of writing in June 2019 and tell you everything you need to know about vaping and air travel, from departure airport to final destination.

E-Cigarettes in Airports

Whether or not you can vape (or smoke!) in an airport is a question that does not have a definitive answer. The rules differ all around the world---some airports allow you to smoke and vape, or just vape (or just smoke!) whereas others ban it altogether.

In Australia, the situation is similar.

Depending on the airport you are at, you may or may not be able to vape. Often, it depends on the laws of the territory the airport is in. At Adelaide Airport, for example, there are designated areas for smoking and vaping, however, both are banned indoors.

Most airports have a vaping policy in place, so we recommend double-checking the situation with a member of staff before you do anything. These policies are always changing, and many airports do not publish this information online.

E-Cigarettes in Luggage

E-cigarette batteries now have a global ban on being included in checked luggage. If you wish to travel with your e-cig batteries, you will need to place them in your hand luggage. This includes e-cig devices too, and vaporisers and vape pens. There are no exceptions to this rule. This is governed by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO Doc 9284.

Vape juices and other accessories that do not fall into the category of batteries and "nicotine delivery devices" can be carried in checked luggage.

This is because batteries in a small confined space may overheat and pose a fire risk.

Each airline has its own policy on how many batteries you can take onboard a plane. Jetstar, for example, lets you carry up to 8 or 12 depending on their size.

E-Cigarettes on Airplanes

Most airlines in Australia and around the world allow the carrying of e-cigs and vaping equipment onboard their aircraft. We always recommend checking with the airline you will be travelling with, however, for the most current information.

All airlines, however, have a policy against the use and charging of e-cigs on aeroplanes. So, whilst you can take them on board, you cannot charge up the battery or vape.

So far as carrying e-liquids on a plane goes, you can do this following the typical airport liquids policy. This means that you can only carry bottles of e-liquid in quantities under 30ml and, more often than not, you can only take one clear plastic sandwich bag's worth on board; all the liquids you are carrying onboard must fit in this bag.

The policy of how many liquids under 100ml you can carry onboard a plane can vary in some places, however. Before you travel, always check what allowance an airline gives for liquids. Otherwise, you may find yourself having to throw some of your e-liquids away if you want to clear security.

Tips for Air Travel With E-Cigs and Vape Equipment

There are some best practices you should follow whenever you travel with e-cigs on planes. This will not only ensure that you have the smoothest experience possible when clearing security and boarding, but that your equipment will not be damaged.

Disconnect All Your Devices

Disconnect your devices (cartomisers, atomisers, and cartridges) from their batteries. This will make checks quicker and prevent delays when passing through security.

Clean Out Your Equipment

Empty out your vape(s) and e-cig(s) where possible before travelling. Whilst this is not necessary for passing through security, the difference in pressure could cause damage to your vape and cause a leak. If you want to travel with some e-liquid loaded in your tank, only fill it around halfway.

Once you have cleaned up your kit, separate everything and, for bonus points, pack it all in independent plastic bags. This makes the checking process quicker even more.

Place Everything in Your Carry-On

As we mentioned earlier, you must carry your vape equipment in your carry-on bag. You cannot carry nicotine-dispensing devices and batteries in your hold luggage and if you try to, you will be forced to unpack it.

Place all your cleaned and disconnected vape equipment in your carry-on. Ideally, you want to place it somewhere that is easily accessible in case security want to check it over.

Only Take What You Need

This is perhaps our best tip---only take the stuff that you need. Don't try to pack your entire collection. Space in carry-ons is precious and the more you try to take with you, the higher the chance of you breaking something or facing complications when passing through security.

Less is more.

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