How to fly if you're a vaper

a memo for those who are going on a trip

How to fly if you're a vaper

a memo for those who are going on a trip
We have compiled an extensive list of advice and rules for those of you who are flying abroad and don't want to get taken off their plane or detained at the airport. The rules are simple, but you need to know them, at least in general terms.

Things you need to remember at all times

Let's start with the liquids. You can transport liquid substances in containers up to 100 ml in volume. Please note that this specifically addresses volume: even if you carry a few drops of liquid in a 120 ml bottle, the TSA will have questions for you.

The total volume of all liquids you can carry is no more than 1 liter. And all liquids without exception are subject to this rule, from water to shampoo. All liquids must be packed into a sealed transparent bag.

All of the above applies only to hand luggage, you can safely transfer liquids in your checked luggage — just be sure not to overdo it with the quantity, or they can be mistaken for a wholesale shipment.
Every customs officer has their own idea of what a wholesale shipment is. But arguing with them is futile.
The one thing you certainly shouldn't bring is pure nicotine. Not in checked luggage, not in hand luggage. It is unlikely that airport officers will see the difference between a 1 mg base and a 54 mg base — but if the bottle says "100% NICOTINE", the TSA will have more questions. The same goes for nicotine capsules.

Bottles with DIY mixes and hand-signed labels should be left at home. It's okay to take them on domestic flights, however border patrol might express confusion. We advise to bring flavors and bases separately.

Now for the devices — it's all really simple. Take out the batteries, put them in hand luggage (preferably in a special case) and get on the plane without worry. Batteries don't pose any real difficulties, but some airlines prohibit checking them — for example, Aeroflot. You can specify this before takeoff, or you can just take them in hand luggage.
And yeah, quite obvious, but important nonetheless: do not vape in the waiting room or on board the plane. Ever.
Which countries can pose problems

As you know, vaping is disliked by many states, and you have to consider this early on at the ticket buying stage. Since this is not an article on world trends, we have listed only the standard tourist countries.

In Egypt, sales are prohibited, but vaping itself is not frowned upon, so if you don’t bring three suitcases of liquids and a satchel full of mech mods, you should be fine.

In Turkey the attitude towards vaping was wary until recently: nowadays vape shops are being opened, and people vape in the streets more often. A good trend, and one that will hopefully continue.

You may come across some difficulties in Thailand: not at the border, but when you’re already in the country. Vaping outside is not recommended. Some time ago, a tourist from Russia was detained right at the airport, but he was vaping nearly on the runway, and in front of the police, too. A perfect example of what not to do.

Vaping is especially disliked in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, so it’s better not to tempt fate. They may not only confiscate your stuff, but also call the police.
In regards to vaping, Muslim countries are unpredictable. That's why we advise you to consider reading more than just this article before departure, and to get more information from those who are well acquainted with local customs.
In India, there are talks of banning vaping altogether. At the time of writing, such a law has not yet been enacted, but is being prepared. We recommend you to check the latest news before departure. At the moment, there are some restrictions in five states: Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, and Kerala. Production, sale and import are banned there.

They also say that in Goa vaping is kind of forbidden, but Jesus, it's Goa we're talking about! According to eyewitnesses, the customs don't care about vapers, and the same goes for the state's territory.

The European Union has a TPD (Tobacco Products Directive), which prohibits the sale of devices with a tank capacity bigger than 2 ml (RDAs are also illegal) and of more than 10 ml of nicotine liquids — but this doesn't apply to storage and import for personal use.

Local restrictions on imports exist in Finland: you can't carry more than 420 mg of nicotine in solution. That is, you can bring 140 ml of .3%, or 420 ml of .1%.

And you are allowed to bring up to 150 ml of any liquid to Switzerland. For personal use only, sale is prohibited.

Naturally, we're only talking about completely legal border crossing. We did not consider the option of illegally importing vape liquids in perfume and liquid soap bottles. You shouldn't consider them either.

Also, we advise you to follow basic ethics principles. Don't vape if you are in a crowd of people (for example, at a bus stop), in close proximity to children or in a room where not everyone is fond of thick fog. Avoid conflicts, they never lead to anything good.

In general, people everywhere are more or less fine with vaping, so you don't have to worry. Of course, stuff can still happen: a lot depends on the rules of an airline, the mood of a customs officer, sometimes even on their personal attitude towards you. So try not to bicker with anyone, don't bring any suspicious-looking bottles, don't vape into the airport employees' faces, and your vacation will go smoothly.
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