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

Friday, May 06, 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:

 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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Submitted by Anne on

Need a Family/Infant Policy
You need a special policy for families traveling with infants.
It is a hardship for families traveling with infants to stand in line for two hours. Yet that is the expectation, and if families allot less than two hours time for the TSA line, they risk missing their flights.
Please note that airlines typically allow families with infants to board first, knowing that travel with infants is difficult. TSA should recognize families the same way.
TSA agents have the authority to detain people at will, so why do they not have the authority to use their judgment in easing the hardship and allowing families with infants to move up in the line when it is unusually long?

Submitted by Anonymous on

What about butane-catalytic vaping devices, such as the IOLITE?

Submitted by Jeff Berard on

Can you bring a portable umbrella in your carry on bag through TSA?

Submitted by Wintermute on

Actually, the TSA has no more authority to detain someone than you or I, as they are not Law Enforcement Officers. They have violated individuals' rights and detained them, regadless, though.

Submitted by Anonymous on

May I put swiss-army knives in my checked baggage?

Submitted by Murphy on

Is there any restrictions on gold and silver in your carry-on?

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

West, the May 15 comment here was not approved until several days after it was submitted. No one else before May 15 made any comments at all on this post?

Submitted by Anonymous on

I was at the McCarran Airport in Las Vegas to return to LAX just this Friday, May 20th. Prior to entering the boarding gate, a TSA officer asked if I had a valid ID because my driver's license had expired. My husband and I explained that I did not pass my driver's license written test for the renewal so I did not have a new one. He then called a supervisor who again interrogated me and we then told him that I did not have any problem when I used the same ID from LAX coming into Vegas. He said that I could still get in but just when we thought everything was fine, another supervisor approached us and again interrogated and asked me if I had any valid ID. I reiterated that I did not have one and she then asked if I had any credit card. I showed two credit cards but she still decided to do a second screening wherein I was subjected to a body and bag search. When my husband requested if he could go with me since he is my husband, she gave him a snarly response saying that we had to go separately. This seems a little excessive. Also, I am wondering, does TSA really treat credit cards as valid forms of ID?
Submitted by JenaBri on

What about makeup? I know toothpaste, hair sirums, body wash, deodorant, etc goes by the 3-1-1 & should be in your personal or carry on.... what about a little makeup bag? Am I supposed to pack my foundation in the clear 311 bag or can leave it in with my makeup?

Submitted by Unknown on

Do my prescription meds have to be in their original containers? That can be a lot of containers.

Submitted by Mona Hawkins on

Do my prescription meds have to be in their original containers? That can be a lot of containers.

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

West, why was the Anonymous of May 22, 2016 at 10:36 PM denied the opportunity for her husband to be a witness to the secondary screening? TSA SOP says any passenger subjected to secondary screening is allowed to have someone accompany them to witness the search.

Submitted by Josh Bgaming on

60ml bottle is 2.029 ounces
Keep your tank, mod, juice bottle, ect. separated and in bags if you need to (leaking)
Treat your batteries the same way you treat a laptop during screening.

Submitted by Unknown on

I was told to put my makeup in my clear bag with the rest of my liquids.

Submitted by Tim Hayden on

What about rabid wombats? Are they permitted in my carry on or do I have to check them?

Submitted by Unknown on

Can you put vaping fluid in checked baggage or do you have to take it won't you in your carry on?

Submitted by Travis Glasen on

Do I have to have my vape fluid in my carry on or can I put it in my checked bag?

Submitted by Jorge Polanco on

Hello! Does TSA has a limit to take e-cig or vaporizer devices on the carry on baggage ? Also, my vaporizer contains a 2200 lithium battery which cannot be removed from the device, is there any problem or is it good as long as I don't use/turn it on, in the plane . Thanks !!

Submitted by Greaseman on

I flew to Vegas and I lost my ID if they ask for credit cards with my name on them as proof of who I was so yes they can use credit cards as identification and I had my ticket also so they let me go

Submitted by Anonymous on

I am 15 and I am going to be traveling alone and my cousin (19) recently visited but left her e-cigarette at our house. Very soon, I will be attending a family reunion where I will see her there and it's likely the only chance where I will see her in the next two years. I'm curious if I can travel with it, without it being confiscated through security. Please let me know as soon as you can because I leave in on Wednesday.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Can you take a vape pen on the plane even if you’re under age?

Submitted by Jamie on

Thank you for this!

Submitted by Sweetlimo67@gma... on

Do meds need to be in original RX container?

Submitted by West Cooper on

Your meds are suggested to be in the original prescription containers, however, this is not a requirement. We understand that many people carry cases designed for travel (like the daily pill planner sets), so they are not carrying a bunch of larger containers with them.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by SL on

Sorry, no special privileges because YOU chose to reproduce and take them to an airport.

I think I speak for EVERYONE when I say we’d all be happier (including yourself) if you DONT BRING AN INFANT ON A PLANE IN THE FIRST PLACE!

Submitted by Lindawrn on

If it is liquid or gel, it goes by the 3-1-1 rule and must be in your single quart bag (clear). For example: your liquid eyeliner, foundation, lotion and aloe vera gel all follow the 3.1.1 rule. Your stick deodorant and powder compact do not.

Submitted by Ch on

Wow rude much? So just because you chose not to reproduce that means that no one can travel with an infant? Get real.... it’s probably a good thing u aren’t reproducing. You are most certainly not speaking for EVERYONE! There are times when a mom has to travel with a baby.

Submitted by Gabbie on

Hi, I was looking to bring a vape on a plane trip with me. I understand that it must be in a carry-on, but I wonder if there was an age restriction. Believe me when I say it is not mine, my mom wants me to give it to a family member who wants to quit smoking cigarettes on my trip. But we don't know if I even can since I'm under the age of 18. Am I allowed to pack it in my bag? Thank you.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Will I be checked if I’m 19 if I carry a vape on me.

Submitted by Paul on

Your inconvenience does not outweigh the safety of everyone else. Allowing an agent the ability to give people a pass thru security, is an invitation to corruption.

Submitted by Navy on

Does the TSA id you if you fly with a vape?

Submitted by Sir Tanley on

Good question. Where is the answer?