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Taking your vape on a plane? Follow TSA guidelines for 2019 [UPDATED]

Posted by Shirley L. on March 15, 2019

Taking your vape on a plane? Follow TSA guidelines for 2019 [UPDATED]

Important tips to know before traveling with your vape or electronic cigarette

Updated August 13, 2019

From traditional variable wattage mods to salt nicotine devices, the vaping industry has completely blown up over the past few years. New FDA regulations are following as the industry begins to take form.

Traveling with vape gear can be scary, but it shouldn't be if you know exactly what you can take and how to pack it.

We are going to break down the 2019 TSA guidelines for vaping and give you information on how to pack your vape gear so you can be prepared for your flight!

While it's obvious that vaping is better than smoking, we need to embrace new regulations as they develop to foster a healthier relationship between vapers and non vapers alike.

What can you bring on the plane?

You may be worried about not being able to travel with your vape gear. That is not the case, so don't worry! Below is information on what you can bring, how much, and where you can pack it.

You can bring the following items onto a plane

  • E-juice - both carry on and checked in luggage
  • Vape box mods - carry on only
  • Vape batteries - carry on, sometimes checked in luggage
  • Vape Battery charger - carry on only

E-juice - You can bring your vape juice with you when you travel. You can bring e-liquids in your carry on luggage (less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed) or checked in bag.

Vape box mods - You can bring your mods and atomizers with you when you travel. You can only carry your device in your carry on bag, not bags that are being checked in.

Batteries - Yes, you can bring your vape batteries with you, but make sure to only have them in your carry on luggage. Lithium batteries under 100 watt hours can be checked in while batteries with over 100 watt hours cannot be checked in.

TSA Vape Rules 2019

Everyone wants a safe and hassle-free travel experience. In order to achieve that, one must be familiar with TSA regulations. Here are just a few of the frequently asked questions asked by vapers:

  1. How to go through TSA with a vape pen?
  2. TSA how much vape juice in checked bagged?
  3. TSA how to travel with a vape?

We briefly went over the TSA vape rules and regulations, but visiting the Transportation Security Administration site is the best place to get answers for the most commonly asked questions. Visit TSA.gov for more in-depth information on traveling with vape gear in the United States.

Follow the TSA guidelines to avoid any trouble "The FAA prohibits these devices in checked bags. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person). Check with your airline for additional restrictions. Remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside."

TSA states, "You may travel with dry batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D) in your carry-on or checked baggage. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits loose lithium batteries from being transported in checked baggage."

How to pack your vape for travel

It's important to understand how to pack your vape gear, follow the tips below to have a safe and trouble-free flight.

Separate your device

We advise you to compartmentalize your vape gear. Keep your e-liquids, batteries, vape starter kits separately.

Store e-liquids in clear bags

Keep your e-liquids in a 3oz. clear plastic bag. Try to take only plastic bottles of e-liquids, not glass. You can take glass, but there is a possibility of the glass breaking in a checked in bag.


Your lithium rechargeable vape batteries must be kept with you on your carry on luggage. The FAA states "Lithium ion (rechargeable) batteries are limited to a rating of 100 watt hours (Wh) per battery. These limits allow for nearly all types of lithium batteries used by the average person in their electronic devices."

Keep your vape batteries in your carry on. Use a case to protect the positive and negative terminals! Read the FAA's complete disclosure

Battery case

If you don't have one already, get a battery case for your batteries! It is important to store your batteries properly so they don't touch each other or any other metal objects.

Atomizers and mods

Since your vape device can only be packed in a carry on bag, make sure to put it in a clear small bag. You always want to make sure everything is organized and packed in a clear bag in case TSA stops you for screening.

We also advise you to keep your tank empty. The air pressure may cause the tank to leak and it will make a mess.

Vape mods and atomizers must be brought on carry on luggage and cannot be checked in. This is important!

Keep everything in your carry on

It is much easier to pack all your vape gear in your carry on bag. This is because the only item that is allowed in a checked in bag is e-liquid. You cannot pack your vape device, batteries, or charger in your checked in bag.

I know we sound like a broken record but we will reitrate this one more time. Just to make sure you don't lose anything, keep everything in your carry-on luggage.

Other important information

Do not vape on the plane! I repeat, DO NOT VAPE ON THE PLANE!

This should be self-explanatory, but we just want to remind you to not vape on the plane. We understand that it can be tempting since you have all your vape essentials with you, but refrain from vaping until you arrive at your destination.

Be prepared for TSA screening

Not everyone is familiar with vaping, so if you did not properly store your vape device you may be stopped by TSA.

If you compartmentalize all your products it will be easier to explain to the TSA agent what you are carrying. It will make the agent's life easier, and make the process faster. So remember to pack all liquids in a quart-sized bag.

Do not charge your vape device on the plane

Most planes now offer USB ports so you can charge your phone, tablets, or any other device. This does not pertain to your vape device or your vape batteries. Just to be safe, stay away from charging your device on the plan, it could be a fire hazard.

Do your own due diligence

If you are flying internationally do research on the country you are heading to. Some countries have strict vaping laws and don't tolerate vaping at all.

Do as much research as you can before flying with your vape devices. The last thing you want is to have your vape gear be confiscated, or a possibly be fined for vaping in a foreign country.

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Shirley L.
Shirley L.
Shirley is a writer for Vapebox. Her current favorite e-juice is Naked 100 Lava Flow. When she's not researching or writing on the vape industry, she enjoys hiking and all things nature. Photography is also one of her other favorite past-times.
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