Travelling with your e cigarette: the guide to vaping in transport

Vapers who are used to vaporize on transatlantic flights have not been able to do so since 2016. After banning in-box vaporizers for explosion risks, last year the U. S. government made a decision to ban not only in-flight vaporizers but also cabin equipment. According to information from BFM TV, the U. S. Department of Transportation has chosen to extend the ban to all aircraft taking off or landing in the territory, with a view to protecting passengers from passive vaping, translated here as “involuntary exposure to aerosol vapors”.

Travelling with your e cigarette: the guide to vaping in transport

At the end of March 2017, Washington and London made a major decision by banning electronic devices larger than a mobile phone in the cabin. The ban was aimed mainly at direct flights from predominantly Muslim countries (covering the following airlines: Egyptair, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudia and Turkish Airlines). However, the two cities specified that tablets, laptops and reading devices still had to be placed in the cabin for non-listed countries so that the crew could react quickly in case of problems. However, the ban on the carriage of electronic equipment in the cabin leads to another problem: placing this equipment in the hold, which increases the risk of fire.

In this respect, the EASA recommends that airlines step up their communication and inform passengers by specifying that aircraft in the hold “must be completely deactivated and effectively protected from accidental activation”. Another recommendation: disperse the different elements in the hold in order to limit the risks.

If the vapes is not echoed, the problem concerns the object equipped with lithium batteries. On this subject Air France indicates:

“The transport of e cigarettes and their replacement batteries is:

  • prohibited in checked baggage
  • permitted in carry-on baggage

The use of e cigarettes is prohibited on board Air France flights. The water vapor emitted by these devices is likely to trigger smoke detectors.”

You will be aware that for several months now, e cigarettes have been subject to numerous prohibitions and penalties for crossing borders. Train, plane, bus… if you go on holiday this summer, you will know that you won’t be able to vaporize in the transports! Depending on your addiction level, you may need another nicotine replacement.

Travelling with a vape device: the case of the train

Can I vaporize on a train? In a train station? Travelling by train with an e cigarette is of course allowed, but when it comes to vaping it is less clear! If it is forbidden to vaporize in public places, in public transport, which therefore invalidates the use of electronic cigarettes on board a train, the legislation is less clear about the platforms of a station. Travelling by train with an electronic cigarette, some practical information.

It is therefore forbidden to vaporize on board trains.

In the case of stations and platforms, however, smoking bans do not imply a ban on vaping.

There is no specific ban on vaping on the platforms of open stations.
If prohibited, it must be marked.

Legislation lacks clarity about vaping in the enclosure of a station, so the ideal is to abstain