How many vapes can you take on a plane?

SOME people have turned to vaping in a bid to stop them from smoking.

Here’s everything we know about the rules holidaymakers should be aware of when travelling abroad with e-cigarettes.

You are allowed to take vapes on the plane as long as you follow the airline's guidelines


You are allowed to take vapes on the plane as long as you follow the airline’s guidelinesCredit: Alamy

How many vapes can you take on a plane?

Some airlines have different rules about the amount of vapes you can take on a plane.

Some vapes require batteries and the rules on how many you can bring on board may vary — it is advisable to check with your airline before flying.

Emirates, Jet2, and Ryanair will allow you to take up to 20 batteries in your carry on.

However, British Airways only permits passengers to take 15 batteries in their hand luggage, and EasyJet only allows two.

Some vapes require e-liquid, and there are also restrictions on how many bottles of it you can take on a plane.

100ml liquid rules still apply and you can take a maximum of one litre in total.

However, some airports are scrapping this rule.

Most airlines will allow you to keep e-liquid in your checked bags, although Qatar Airways doesn’t.

Each airport has its own rules on vaping, but it’s safe to assume that the laws are the same for smoking, which can only be done in designated smoking areas outside of the terminals.

These smoking areas will be signposted — but if you want to be certain before travelling you can check the airport’s smoking policy online.

Is vaping better than smoking?

UK airports do not offer smoking areas once passengers have passed the security check-in.

Vaping on a flight falls under the same laws as smoking — it is illegal and strictly prohibited all around the world.

If you ignore this law, you could face severe penalties and fines.

It is not worth the risk of vaping in the toilets of a plane, as airlines have installed detectors to pick up both cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapour.

What are the rules on carrying vapes on UK airlines?

You are allowed to take your vape on the plane, as long as you follow the guidelines set out by the airline.

Any vapes you wish to take abroad must be stored in your hand luggage, as no types of e-cigarettes are allowed to be kept in your checked luggage.

Previously, passengers could keep vapes in checked luggage, however there were incidents in which lithium batteries in vapes exploded in the hold and caught fire.

Can you take disposable vapes on a plane?

You can bring a disposable vape on a plane as long as it is kept in your hand luggage and not in your checked luggage.

You will also need to check the vaping laws in the country you are travelling to — as some places have strict anti-vaping regulations.

34 countries have banned vaping entirely, including Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, Thailand and Qatar.

A further 87 countries have imposed restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, such as banning online sales and certain flavours.

WHO Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in December 2023: “Kids are being recruited and trapped at an early age to use e-cigarettes and may get hooked on nicotine.

“I urge countries to implement strict measures to prevent uptake to protect their citizens, especially their children and young people.”

Everything you need to know before boarding a plane


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