In the 10 years since e-cigarettes were introduced to the UK, their popularity has skyrocketed. An estimated 3.6 million people now vape in the UK, choosing it as a safer and healthier alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes.
While smoking cigarettes in enclosed public places was outlawed in 2007, and smoking on flights has been banned for even longer, there were no such regulations in place for e-cigarettes. The rise in popularity of vaping has led to the creation of new laws and regulations in the UK*. There are restrictions when it comes to using vapes at airports and taking them on flights to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers.
Here’s everything you need to know about taking your vape on a plane.
Can you take e-cigs on planes?
Yes, you can take your e-cigarette on flights with you. E-cigarettes, including batteries and atomisers, must be packed in your hand luggage, not in your checked baggage in the hold. Any electronic device with a lithium battery must be packed in your carry-on. You can however pack e-liquids into the hold with your checked in baggage.
Can you take e-cigarettes through airport security?
E-cigarettes must pass through airport security with your carry-on luggage. You should remove your e-cigarette from the bag and place it in the container provided when passing through the airport scanner, as is required with all electronics containing batteries.
Can you take e-liquid on a plane?
Any vape liquids you take in your hand luggage must be under 100ml and packed into a sealable plastic bag with your other liquids to abide by the liquid restrictions at airports. This includes the liquid inside the vape tank – so it is advisable to empty your tank before taking your e-cig through airport security or risk having it confiscated. You can pack e-liquids over 100ml into your check-in baggage.
Vaping at airports
When vaping was new to the UK, many airports allowed vaping in the terminal. Heathrow airport once allowed vaping indoors all the way to the terminal, and even briefly created a dedicated vaping area. However, vaping is now treated in the same way as smoking at UK airports, and can only be done in designated outdoor smoking areas.
Heated tobacco at airports
Heated tobacco products like IQOS are relatively new in the UK. Because the tobacco is heated but not burned as it is in conventional tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigars, heated tobacco does not fall under the smoking ban. Instead, users should follow the same guidance as vaping in public places and always ask beforehand.
Vaping during a flight
Many airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet now include vape rules in their in-flight safety instructions to ensure that every passenger is fully aware of the regulations. Vaping during a flight is strictly prohibited. You should keep your e-cigarette turned off and stored in your hand luggage for the duration of the flight.
Learn more about the restrictions around vaping on flights.
Vaping restrictions abroad
Although vaping is popular and widespread in the UK, there are many countries around the world where it is relatively unheard of, or even banned outright. Vaping is illegal in many countries in South America and South East Asia.
The laws and rules around vaping in foreign countries may change, so we advise checking the laws of the country you are travelling to before you fly.
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