@AskTSA Travel Tips In Over 140 Characters: E-cigarettes and Other Nicotine Delivery Systems

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Friday, May 6, 2016
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We see a lot of questions at @AskTSA about e-cigarettes, vape-pens and other nicotine delivery systems, such as the tweet below:

AskTSA Tweet: I've read that vaping E cigs are not allowed on planes, but what about carrying them in my carry-on or pant pocket?

These devices are permitted on planes, but the FAA recently notified airlines that the lithium batteries used in these devices are fire hazards and should not be packed in checked baggage.

According the FAA: These devices are battery powered and have a heating element that vaporizes liquid (that may or may not contain nicotine).

  • These devices are prohibited in checked baggage and may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person).
  • They may not be used or charged on the aircraft.
  • 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 kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin.

If your device does not have a lithium battery, you may pack it in either you checked or carry-on bag.

As far as the liquid used with these devices, they are permitted through security in carry-on bags if they comply with the 3-1-1 policy for liquids . 3-1-1 = 3.4 oz containers or less that fit in a quart-size, zip top, clear plastic bag (one bag per person) and placed in the screening bin.


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