Can You Take An E Cig On Board A Flight?
Electronic cigarettes do not emit smoke and do not set off smoke alarms. They release vapor which is several times less poisonous than cigarettes, though not completely poison-free. Their products are tastier than cigarettes, come in a multitude of interesting flavors, and smell nice or produce no odor at all. Airline travelers naturally want to know if they can travel with e cigs, what is permitted in their on-flight baggage, and whether or not they can vape on board.
No Easy Answer
Policies regarding in-flight vaping are made by independent airlines, not by the United States government or by the FAA. Their position is uncertain; they have made no official statement except to encourage airlines to do their own research and reach independent conclusions based on reliable studies.
Since there is little evidence to work from, airline CEOs will have to find some means of surveying the opinions of their passengers to reach their decisions. Passengers will have to check with each carrier individually before planning to vape onboard.
Has Vaping Been Banned by an Airline?
Some airlines make a clear distinction between e cigs and smoking. There is no airline where smoking is permitted during a flight, but vaping has received a neutral greeting by some. Cases have arisen where a person has vaped and been asked to stop, or where the policy has been to prohibit vaping but it has continued without comment.
What really matters is the opinion of fellow passengers. Airlines recommend that even if they do not ban vaping, other passengers’ feelings about e cigs should be treated with courtesy. As for what one can carry onboard, the same rules apply to e-liquids as to shampoo and hand lotion: 100 ml is the maximum, so small bottles of e-liquid are permissible in carry-on baggage.
Even airports are self-regulated. At airports in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Atlanta, vaping is prohibited. Meanwhile, airports in Miami, Arizona, and Nevada permit vaping inside. As studies shed light on the pros and cons, these attitudes might change.
Banning Indoor Vaping
The World Health Organization has recommended that e cigs be banned from indoor use. At an airport, one could be asked to vape outside. But there are few places as confined as an airplane where one cannot simply get up and leave if he dislikes what another passenger is doing or wishes to protest airline policy.
Many individuals would say that the air quality on an airplane is already questionable because it is recycled air. After a flight, individuals often report feeling ill, possibly because they caught germs from other travelers who were sick or about to become ill. There is no escape from germs or toxins if they are floating around the cabin of an airplane.
If suggestions regarding indoor vaping are to be taken seriously anywhere, it should be by airlines protecting the safety of passengers.
Unknown Factors to Weigh Up
The fact remains that e cig manufacturers, scientists, and medical professionals still do not know for sure what toxins and how many are released when people vape, particularly if they are using a nicotine e-liquid. Even if a consumer uses e-liquid free of nicotine, there might be toxins in the vapor.