Travelling With E Cigarettes
Check Your Airline’s Policy
Whether you’re off on holiday or taking a business trip, always check your airline’s policy on travelling with e cigarettes before you leave home. You should also check out the specific vaping and e cigarette laws for the country you’re travelling to. You can find out more about vaping laws in different countries in our guide to vaping abroad.
We’ve compiled the following lists which detail the main UK airlines’ e cigarette policies (as of 2020) as well as UK airport vaping rules.
Checked or Carry-On? Packing Your Vape Gear For a Flight
You probably already know that using your e cig or vape on an airplane is a big no-no, but you might be wondering how to pack your e cigs and e liquids in your luggage. Airlines tend to require lithium-ion batteries to be carried in hand luggage, so you’ll most likely find you’ll need to keep your vape batteries in there. You’ll also find that you are limited to carrying no more than two batteries.
If you’re taking larger hold or checked luggage you can pack your liquids in here. It’s a good idea to pack them in a plastic bag and protect them to make sure they don’t leak on your clothes.
If you’re flying with hand luggage only, don’t forget the liquids limit of 100ml per bottle and that you’ll only get one small clear bag for all your liquids. 60ml Short Fill e liquids are a great solution to save you having to try to stuff a load of 10ml bottles in with your suntan lotion!
The air pressure in-flight can cause vape tanks and clearomizers to leak so it’s a good idea to empty your tank before flying.
Airline E-Cig Policies
We’ve put together the following list of the main UK flight providers and the specific airline ecig polices of each for you to refer to for more information.
Bear in mind that vaping is prohibited on all planes. You should ensure that any devices are fully charged before taking them through security as they may require extra screening. Vaping devices containing batteries, or spare e-cigarette batteries packed in hand luggage should be removed from your bag and shown separately at security.
Taking Pre-filled Pods/Tanks or Cigalike E-Cig Refills on Flights
It’s safest to assume that these will be classed as liquids and therefore should be included in your clear liquids bag if carrying in hand luggage. If you have checked baggage then you can pack these in here.
As above, please make sure that the country you are travelling to does not have a ban on e-cigarettes or vaping. We also recommend that you check for any limits on the amount of e-liquid or refills you can bring into the country.
|Flight Operator||Policy (correct as of July 2020)|
|British Airways||You can take electronic cigarettes in your carry-on luggage but are advised to seal e-liquids in a clear bag with a limit of 100ml per bottle. You can take a maximum of 15 batteries (including other devices), packed either in hand or checked luggage provided they are installed within a device. Loose lithium ion batteries must be kept in hand luggage only. More information available here.|
|Eastern Airways||Electronic cigarettes may be carried on board but must be carried on person, not in your luggage. Unfortunately, their website states that refills are not permitted so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to take e-liquids or refills with you at all.|
|EasyJet||You can carry e-cigarettes and a maximum of two spare batteries in your cabin bag, but not in the hold. Refills and vape juices must be packed in a clear plastic bag along with your other liquids. Further information here.|
|Emirates||Loose/spare batteries must be packed in carry-on luggage only, with a maximum of 20 batteries. They must be turned off or, if your e-cigarette doesn’t have this function, protected from activation. Refills and liquids must be packed within your liquid allowance in a sealed, clear plastic bag and kept in your cabin bag.|
|Jet2||E-cigarette batteries can be carried in hand luggage only, with a maximum of 20 batteries in total. Where the battery is sealed within the device, this can be packed in checked luggage but must be switched off and protected from damage. Refills and liquids in hand luggage must not exceed 100ml per bottle and must be presented at security in a clear plastic bag along with other liquids. Find out more.|
|Qantas||E-cigarette products must be packed in your hand luggage. Liquids must not exceed 100ml and must be presented along with all other liquids in a clear plastic bag. More information here.|
|Qatar||Vape devices and e-cigarettes should be packed in carry-on luggage only. Refills and e-liquids must also be kept in hand luggage with a maximum bottle size of 100ml.|
|Ryanair||You can take up to 20 batteries on board. These can be packed in your hand luggage but not in your checked baggage. E-liquids and refills can be included in your carry-on luggage liquid allowance. More information available here.|
|TUI Airways||E-Liquids or refills in hand luggage must be packed in a clear plastic bag as part of your liquid allowance. Bottles must contain no more than 100ml. You can take a larger quantity of e-liquid or bigger bottles if you have checked luggage. Batteries should be kept in your hand luggage. More information is available here.|
|Virgin Atlantic Airways||Batteries can be packed in your hand luggage. Vape juices can also be brought on in your hand luggage but must not exceed 100ml per bottle and must be packed in a clear bag along with any other liquids. Find out more here.|
Airport Vaping Regulations
We have also put together the following table showing the main UK airports. Refer to this list to quickly & easily check the vaping rules at your departure airport.
|Birmingham Airport||You can only vape in the designated smoking areas. You can find these outside the terminal building but once you have passed check-in you won’t be able to vape until you reach your destination.|
|Bristol Airport||You can vape in the designated smoking areas which can be found by the arrivals exit, through the bar on the mezzanine floor and by Starbucks on the first floor.|
|Exeter Airport||You cannot smoke or use e-cigarettes in any part of the airport. If you are flying from Exeter airport, you can vape in the smoking area through the bar in the departures lounge.|
|London Gatwick||Vaping is only permitted outside the terminal buildings in the designated smoking zones.|
|London Heathrow||Passengers are not permitted to use electronic cigarettes within the premises. E cigarettes can only be used in the smoking areas outside the terminal. There are no smoking areas after security.|
|London Stanstead||You can vape in the designated smoking areas outside the terminal. There are no smoking areas after you have been through security.|
|Manchester Airport||You can vape in the smoking areas available outside all three terminal buildings before check-in and after arrivals.|
Taking Your E-Cigarette Abroad
Please visit our guide to taking your e cigarette abroad to find out more about countries where you can and can’t vape.
Vaping in the UK
Find more information on where can you vape in the UK including bus service policies, sports stadiums, concert venues and restaurants.