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Can You Take Ecigs In Hand Luggage?

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One of the most common questions vapers have when planning a trip is “Can you take ecigs in hand luggage?”.

Unfortunately, online you’ll find a lot of conflicting stories born from a combination of either old information – which is now totally out of date – or anecdotes from other vapers.

Hand Luggage

So, can you take ecigs in hand luggage then?

Yes, you can definitely take your vape gear in your hand luggage.

In fact, you have to!

Effective from the 15th of June 2015, the International Civil Aviation Organization amended the 2015-2016 edition of its Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Doc 9284) to include restrictions on the transport of e-cigarettes.

The ICAO’s Council President, Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stated that there had been several reports of e-cigarettes inadvertently firing inside people’s checked luggage and causing fires.

If you think about it, cramming an electronic device with a heating coil into a small space filled with all of your highly-flammable clothes probably isn’t the best idea anyway.

The International Air Transport Association issued a safety guidance in April 2016 which also stipulates the requirement for e-cigs to be carried either in hand luggage, or on your person. The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations issue the following statement:

“Electronic cigarettes including e-cigars and vaporizers when carried by passengers or crew must be in carry-on baggage only. They must be protected from inadvertent activation and must not be charged on board the aircraft”

They add that any spare batteries must be protected either in their original packaging or by otherwise insulating the terminals and be in carry-on baggage only. So, we’d really recommend getting yourself a carry case for spare batteries.

Eliquids must be treated according to normal restrictions on carrying liquids on airplanes, which means they’re limited to bottles containing no more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per bottle, and must be placed inside a small, transparent, and sealed bag.

You’ll also need to remove the bag containing your juice bottles from your main carry-on at the screening point.

Any juice bottles larger than the maximum 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) will need to be packed in checked baggage. If you’re packing bottles of eliquid in your checked luggage I’d still recommend putting them into small zip-locked bags, just in case they leak during flight. You probably don’t want your clothes coated in eliquid.

For even more information for the travelling vaper, check out “Tips For Travelling With An E-Cigarette“.

Currently located in Sydney, Australia, I have been vaping since 2009 and became active in the e-cigarette industry in late 2015. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of visiting over 700 shops in 6 countries.

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