Vaper Travel Tips
With March break around the corner, we decided to clear the air for the lucky vapers who will be traveling abroad. Please note that this information is based on the recommendations we found within our research for Air Canada. It is ALWAYS best to call the airline you are flying with to inquire, or check the website and search luggage restrictions. Air Canada allows your electronic cigarettes in your travels as long as it remains stowed and unused in your carry-on baggage. Be sure to stow your e liquid in a plastic bag and only bring 100mL maximum. That being said, check out the below list of frequently asked questions we tackled for traveling with your e cigs, that applies to Air Canada aircrafts.
- Can we vape onboard? Don’t be silly, if we can’t vape inside government buildings, we can’t vape in the aircraft!
“Air Canada does not permit the use of e-cigarettes on board any of its aircraft. Electronic cigarettes are permitted in carry-on baggage or on one’s person but their use is prohibited”
- Why?! Personal vaporizers are electronic devices not smoking devices…
Air Canada agrees with us on this vapers, but that being said, we need to follow the rules of traveling with our e cigs accordingly…
“The appropriate category for an e-cigarette would be an electronic device. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices. The battery powers a heating element that heats the liquid solution contained in the e-cigarette, allo
wing for vapor to be emitted from the e-cigarette, thus giving the user the illusion and satisfaction of smoking a cigarette. The liquid, also known as e-liquid, is a mixture of substances and may or may not contain nicotine.”
- Well we all know vapour doesn’t produce “smoke”, what kind of REAL inconveniences could be caused by e cigarettes onboard flights?
According to Air Canada, as the federal regulations have prohibited smoking inside aircraft since 1989 for domestic flights with all flights following shortly thereafter. E cigarettes, although not an actual cigarette, can provide much confusion to passengers seated next to someone who attempts to use one. Passengers witnessing their fellow travellers using an e-cigarette may be encouraged to ‘light up’ an actual cigarette, not knowing that an e-cigarette is being used. The vapor emitted from an e-cigarette can cause alarm to other passengers ingesting the ‘second hand’ vapor, as there is no way of knowing what is precisely contained within. Now we all know there is no second hand vapor that can harm loved ones, but as educated vapers, we need to practice our vaporetiquette!
- How about when vapers are in transit, when can we use our electronic cigarette? Are the rules the same for every airport?
The use of electronic cigarettes when in transit varies according to different airport regulations. Some airports allow full indoor use of e cigarettes where others allow the use only in designated smoking areas. Passengers are encouraged to consult the airport website and/or the appropriate Airport Authorities of the airport they are traveling through.
For advanced vapers who will be travelling with lithium metal or lithium ion cells and batteries up to 100 Watt Hours (Wh) each are also permitted in your carry-on baggage! Please note, lithium ion batteries with a rating of 100 but not exceeding 160 Watt Hours (Wh), a maximum of two individually protected spare lithium ion batteries with a rating of 100 Wh (but not exceeding 160 Wh) may be carried per passenger in carry-on baggage only, pending approval by Air Canada airport agents.
Now advanced vapers, don’t take it personal but if your mechanical mod looks like a grenade, such as our Cool Fire 2, is strictly prohibited. Be sure to check out our mechanical mod sections for a travel e cig device and leave that bad boy at home. If you don’t believe us, check out TSA Instagram image we found.
As you can see, no matter what the vaper said…“it’s not a grenade! Are you crazy?! Why would I bring a bomb to the airport?! Friendly reminder, NEVER use the word BOMB in the airport, you just simply can’t travel with it, no matter what you say. When any items looking like a grenade is discovered, it causes significant delays while explosives detection professionals resolve the alarm. To help officers get a clear look at your bag and reduce the need for additional screening, we suggest vapers pack your bag in neat layers (layer of clothes, layer of electronics, layer of clothes, layer of shoes, etc.) and wrap cords tightly around electronics items. Try to remember even though e cigs are permitted in carry-on bags (as long as you follow the aircrafts stipulations) vapers might be subject to additional screening, or not allowed through the checkpoint if advanced mechanical mods trigger an alarm during the screening process. To eliminate a missed flight, ensure you give yourself suffice time incase this happens. The extra time might be needed if personal vaporizers appear to have been “tampered” with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision ultimately rests with TSA on whether to allow ANY items on the plane.
We hope this information helps you vapers, feel free to comment on other Canadian aircrafts that may have different restrictions. Wishing you all a happy March Break and safe travels wherever you go :)
Happy vaping from all your friends at EsmokerCanada!