Can You Bring a Vape on a Plane Under 21? [Answered]

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If you’re wondering whether or not you can bring a vape on a plane, you are not alone. There is a lot of confusion over federal regulations regarding vaping devices, and if you are under 21, you may have concerns over TSA giving you a hard time for that alone.

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If you have a flight coming up and have questions you need answered, then read below as we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about bringing vaping devices, Juul Pods, batteries and everything else on a plane.

Can you bring Juul on a plane under 21?

The simple answer is yes. Under 21 or otherwise, there are no laws or TSA rules against bringing your Juul on a plane. No need to leave it behind or try to sneak it through security.

With that being said, there are a couple of things you should know before you fly.

First, the TSA prohibits bringing vaping devices or electronic cigarettes in your checked luggage. So, while flying, it will need to be kept in your purse, backpack, or carry on bags.

If you get through security with your Juul and your gate agent or flight crew says they need to gate check your bag anyway, just remember to take your Juul out of your luggage and keep it in your pocket.

You can get in trouble and even face fines if your Juul ends up with the plane’s cargo.

The other thing you need to consider is whether or not you’ll be able to bring your Juul Pods onto the plane.

Again, there are no laws or TSA rules against nicotine or Juul Pods specifically, so they fall under the same scrutiny as any other liquid.

All liquids in your carry on bags must be less than 3.4 oz, and since a Juul Pod is only 0.7 ml, you should have no problems bringing them. Just make sure you pack them in your toiletry bag or quart-size plastic bag just to be safe.

There are no TSA regulations about your Juul Pods going into your checked luggage.

Can you bring oil or vape juice carts on a plane?

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Whether or not you can bring your oil or vape juice carts on a plane mainly depends on how much you are trying to bring and what the oil/juice in question is made of.

Like Juul Pods, any vaping oil or vape juice needs to meet the TSA’s liquid regulations first and foremost.

If you have more than 3.4 oz of oil or vape juice in your carryon, then it absolutely cannot be brought through security and onto the plane.

You will, however, be able to bring it in your checked luggage if it fails to meet these requirements, so just make sure you know how much you have with you before you try to go through security.

It’s never fun to have TSA confiscate your things.

If your carts classify as a cannabis product, however, there are other laws that you need to consider as well.

Hemp was removed from the list of federally controlled substances in 2018, which is the source of most CBD products.

If your oil or cart has 0.3% THC or less, then you are allowed to bring it with you (as long as it meets the liquid requirements above, that is).

Otherwise, it will be treated as an illegal cannabis product, regardless of its legality in your port of origin or destination.

Can you vape on a plane?

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No matter which airline you are flying with, what is in your cartridge, or no matter how well you discretely try to hide taking your vape pen into the bathroom, vaping on a plane is never allowed.

Even if you try to sneak a hit or two in the airplane bathroom, it’s very possible that your vape pen will set off the smoke detector alarm.

Even if it doesn’t, the vape cloud you’ll leave behind is pretty obvious and no matter how bad your itch is, you don’t want to be the reason the pilot has to land the plane.

If you absolutely have to bring something to scratch your nicotine itch while you are on a flight, especially if it a particularly long one, your best bet is probably to bring a couple nicotine gummies or pouches in your carry on bag and take them during the flight.

Unlike vaping, these are perfectly legal and discrete to use on a plane.

Can you vape at the airport?

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Vaping at the airport is more or less a grey area, and whether or not it is allowed mainly depends on the country, or even the specific airport or terminal, that you are in.

There is very little information available on vaping at airports, but because TSA rules allow you to bring your vape pen, electronic cigarettes, and any other vaping device with you, there is very little stopping you from using them once you get past security.

Even if your airport of departure does not allow vaping, it’s unlikely you will face any consequences other than an airport security officer or gate agent kindly asking you to stop.

Of course, it should go without saying that this treatment will not apply if you are caught vaping an illegal cannabis product.

If you are traveling internationally, one thing you absolutely must consider is whether or not vaping is allowed in your destination.

Some countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and Thailand, have banned vaping and the use of e-cigarettes entirely, so whipping your Juul out at the airport could result in serious fines and even jail time.

Can you take a vape through security?

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As we discussed earlier in the article, generally speaking, yes, you can bring your vape devices through security.

These rules do not come with any age restrictions, so if you are under 21, you can still absolutely bring your vaping device, batteries, and anything else through security.

In fact, the TSA and federal regulations dictate that you bring these items in your carry on luggage rather than packing them in your checked baggage.

The TSA does not allow any vape devices, e-cigarettes, lithium batteries, or atomizers in your checked luggage.

If you bring it through security and the gate agent or flight crew has to check your bag, just put everything you have in your purse, backpack, or pocket.

Can you put a vape in your checked bag?

No. All vapes, Juuls, puff bars, e-cigarettes, atomizers, and lithium batteries must be kept in your carry on luggage and undergo inspection at the TSA security checkpoint.

No matter if you are under 21 or not, these regulations regarding vapes still apply.

The one thing you can do, however, is pack your vape juice or oil in your checked baggage.

These vaping materials are subject to the same regulations as any other liquid, so if you have an amount over what the TSA allows (no containers over 3.4oz, and all liquids must fit in a quart-size bag), then you can bring any surplus in your checked luggage rather than your carry on bag.

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Make sure you research local vaping laws in your destination

This item is possibly the most important on the entire list. Compared to much of the world, the United States has very lenient laws and policies regarding vaping.

So, if you are traveling to another country and you want to bring your vape or e-cigarettes – especially if you plan on packing CBD juices or carts – it is critical that you research your destinations laws ahead of time.

Even if you are under 21, depending on how old you are, many countries in question that have banned the use or possession of vapes and e-cigarettes may penalize you as though you were an adult, which often means fines or even jail time.

A little bit of research ahead of your flight can save you from getting into serious trouble.

There are over 40 countries in the world that have implemented at least some partial bans or restrictions on vaping, so it is important that you understand your destination’s specific laws before traveling.

Some countries, such as Canada, have only put limits on the nicotine concentration in vape carts, but other countries have much stricter laws that apply directly to consumers.

Countries such as Thailand and Singapore have some of the strictest vaping laws in the world, and even just going through customs with an e-cigarette can result in serious fines and up to 10 years in prison.

By and large, however, the European Union’s member states have very relaxed vaping laws, so if your destination is France or Spain, you are likely allowed to bring it with you.

Enjoy Your Flight!

Now that you know you can bring a vape on a plane under 21 and know all the other rules and regulations that apply to traveling with your vape or e-cigarette, all that’s left to do now is enjoy your flight.

In the meantime, make sure to bookmark this page in case you have questions or forget something down the line and you can quickly access this blog’s information.

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