Can You Vape on a Plane

Apr 5, 2024

Vapes on a Plane: What You Need to Know Before Take-off

For an adult smoker or vape user who travels – whether frequently or just once a year – It’s important to know where and when you can use your vape device.


Airlines across the world don’t allow smoking or vaping onboard, whether you use combustible products or electronic cigarettes and heat-not-burn devices.



Why You Can’t Vape on a Plane


The first country to implement a ban on smoking on domestic flights was Australia in 1987. By 2000, you could hardly find any adults lighting up during a flight.


All airlines have clear rules against smoking and using vapes on the plane. And while specific rules may differ, the message is often consistent.


For example, on Easyjet, all e-cigarettes and a maximum of two spare batteries must be placed in a carry-on and on one’s person. However, they can’t be used in the aircraft.


At Qantas Airlines, the use and charging of all e-cigarettes and other personal vaporisers are not permitted on board an aircraft. They must be carried in hand luggage.


And all Emirates flights are non-smoking – this includes e-cigarettes. Devices may be packed into carry-on luggage.


There are several reasons for these policies, which has also been extended to vape and other electronic tobacco heating alternatives. One of them is the safety aspects associated with lighting up on an aircraft, and the potential risk of a fire.


As vapes and alternative e-cigarette devices don’t produce smoke, you might be wondering if they pose less of a fire risk.


Even though e-cigarettes typically produce vapour and not smoke, many aircraft smoke detectors can’t tell the difference between smoke and e-cigarette vapour. That’s why vaping in the toilets could set off the detector.



E-Cigarettes and Airport Security


Incidentally, for adult smokers and vape users wondering whether it’s possible to carry your device onto a plane, the answer for many airlines is simple. Many airlines have a requirement for e-cigarettes to be packed in hand luggage and carried through airport security.


Just like many laptops and mobile phones, some vape devices use lithium batteries, which means they can become pressurised inside the hold and pose a fire hazard.


When packing for a trip, we suggest you secure your vape in your hand luggage and inside the original packaging. Please follow any other requirements of airport security.


If you want to take extra refills or e-liquids with you, it may be possible for these to travel separately in your checked baggage if permitted by the relevant airline, carrier, or airport security. But remember, spare batteries must be kept in your hand luggage.


Although vaping on planes is disallowed, you may be able use a device within the designated area at the airport before boarding.



Vaping in an Airport Lounge


As well as banning the use of vapes on planes, they may be restricted in airports, too.


You should check the rules of the airport to ensure you vape only where permitted. Many international airports will usually have a designated area for their guests to vape.


IQOS has its own smoke-free lounges in airports around the world, so you can drop in and enjoy some pre-flight me-time.



Travelling with a Vape


Remember to store your devices in the original packaging and at room temperature. If a device has been exposed to excessive heat, cold, or moisture, avoid using it.


Many countries have enforced some restrictions around vaping, such as on where you can use a device. There are also countries that don’t permit the use of vapes at all.


It’s a good idea to get familiar with the rules of the country to which you’re travelling – before bringing your vape device and e-liquid along. But if you’ve done your due diligence and are sure that vaping is permitted, you can take refills or additional e-liquids with you. Please bear in mind that the details provided here are based on the latest information available and may not reflect any subsequent developments.


This may be the case for those travelling for a longer period. Many countries may not sell your chosen e-liquids, or the options abroad may not be compatible with your device.


It may be possible to take replacement e-liquid on a plane, but you should check if the amount you need is allowed by the airline.


Typically, rules around the use of vapes will often extend to other forms of public transport. If you’re unsure about where you can vape, it’s best to stay put. Better to wait than to get caught using a vape in an area where it’s not permitted.


With international rules and local regulations on vape devices and e-liquids changing all the time, the best way to make sure you’re following the latest rules is to simply make time to check the regulations of the country, or countries, you are travelling to, before you step out the door.



Heated Tobacco & Smoke-Free Alternatives


If you’re looking for smoke-free alternatives, we have exactly what you need.


Smoke-free alternatives usually produce less smell and no smoke. An alternative, such as a tobacco heating device or an e-cigarette, is likely to cause significantly less irritation to those around you than smoking. IQOS, for one, heats tobacco instead of burning it.


The best decision any smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. Smoke-free alternatives are not risk-free and contain nicotine, which is addictive. These products are not alternatives to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids.


The new IQOS ILUMA range of tobacco heating devices is powered by the SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEMTM to give users a consistent, clean, and better experience. Because there’s no burning, there’s no smoke, ash, or cleaning, ever.



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(Disclaimer: This article is for general information and educational purposes. Some of the information in this article is based on external, third-party sources and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the accuracy, validity, or completeness of such information.)