Since the inception of electronic cigarettes, and their widespread use, there has been confusion and misinformation regarding their usage on airplanes and during flights. The general rule was that they were not allowed, and as all smoking devices were prohibited, and so electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and any such related items were classified the same way since they hit the market.
However, as the rules were not hardlined regarding electronic cigarettes on airplanes, considering that when the rules were put into place, they did not exist, this left some room for question. How could e-cigarettes be held to this regulation when they were not in fact, cigarettes, cigars, or items that actually produced smoke? There is no tobacco, and there is no smell.
However, in light of this source of vagueness, the Federal Department of Transportation has now made it officially clear: electronic cigarettes, and all similarly related products, including personal vaporizers, vape pens, electronic cigars, MODS, as well as those that are designed to resemble other items not related to smoking, are prohibited from use on aircraft. Also, along with these regulations are new rules that prohibit passengers from packing electronic cigarette devices in their checked luggage, in an effort to prevent accidental fire, however passengers are allowed to keep them in their carry on luggage with no issue. No vaping devices may be charged on the aircraft, during flights or otherwise.
So, if you were not aware previously, or were hoping something might change to allow vapers to vape on flight, it’s now official: during air travel electronic cigarettes and similar items are not allowed, it is now a law, and now you’re in the know! Despite the official stance of this new regulation, when it comes to traveling, e-cigarettes are certainly the more convenient option for use, especially in regards to how inconvenient traditional cigarettes are when you’re on the move.