Vapes come in all shapes and sizes, and are often seen as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes.
Some are refillable and chargeable, while others are disposable yet still powered by a single battery, which vaporises liquid or ‘vape juice’. Often, this contains nicotine and have a fruity, sweet, or menthol flavour.
Those who enjoy any type of vaping may wonder if they’ll be able to bring their vape with them if they’re travelling abroad – specifically when it comes to the aeroplane.
So, what rules are currently in place for vapes on planes?
Here’s all you need to know.
Can you take disposable vapes on a plane in the UK?
Firstly, you (obviously) can’t smoke a vape on the plane.
Smoking of any kind is banned on flights – so wait until landing and exiting the airport, at the designated spot, before taking a drag – or else you could face a fine.
However, you are allowed to travel with vapes or e-cigarettes – depending on your destination.
British Airways (BA) warns on its website: ‘National laws for using and selling e-cigarettes change frequently and some countries have banned their use altogether.
‘Please check local regulations for your destination before you travel.’
Countries where vapes are known to be completely illegal include Thailand, India and Singapore. Bring one in, and you could land a hefty fine or even face prison time.
If your destination does allow them, then you will be expected to keep them in your hand luggage – i.e. the bag you carry on to the plane – and not be placed in the hold.
Vapoholic also reminds vapers that they’ll need to put any vapes in a liquids bag when going through security.
What do airlines say about vapes?
BA’s rules for vape and e-cigs say: ‘You cannot use e-cigarettes or similar items on board.
‘Place these items in your hand baggage… and protect each of them to prevent accidental activation. If there are any liquid components, you also need to follow the safety requirements for liquids.’
easyJet adds: ‘You can carry e-cigarettes and a maximum of two spare batteries in your cabin bag – but not in the hold.’
Budget airline Ryanair states: ‘You can take e-cigs on the plane but you cannot use them.’
Virgin Atlantic does allow e-cigarettes on board in hand luggage, but adds in a section on prohibited items: ‘For flights to and from India, e-cigarettes are not permitted.’
On its website, Wizz Air notes: ‘Yes, You can carry electronic cigarettes including e-cigars and other personal vaporisers containing batteries, for personal use, in your carry-on baggage only.
‘Recharging of these devices and / or batteries on board the aircraft is not permitted and you must take measures to prevent accidental activation.
‘It is prohibited to include electronic cigarettes in checked baggage.’
Finally, Jet2 says: ‘E-cigarettes may be carried in cabin baggage providing they are individually protected, however these are prohibited to be used onboard our aircraft and within airports (unless in designated smoking areas).’
If you can’t see your chosen airline here, visit their website and search the FAQs for its exact vape rules.
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