Where to pack a vape when flying on a plane? What airlines say

With millions of people turning to vapes (e-cigarettes) instead of tobacco-based products, the electronics in the devices has caused confusion over where to pack them on a plane flight with popular airlines flying from the UK.

Here we take a look at what individual airlines say about how and where to pack your vapes.

People at airport wonder where to pack their vape for a flightPeople at an airport wonder where to pack their vape for a flight. (Credit: Pxhere)

Aer Lingus     

Vapes (including, e-pipes, e-cigars and other personal vaporizers) that containing batteries must be individually protected to prevent accidental activation, according to Aer Lingus, so make sure you don’t just drop them loose into your hand luggage.

The devices are prohibited from use by both passengers and crew at all times on the aircraft. The vapes must not be packed in checked luggage and should be carried on as hand luggage.

They are permitted on the passenger’s person.

British Airways         

The advice from BA applies to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), including e-cigars, e-pipes and other personal vaporisers. The airline warns that nations laws for using and selling e-cigarettes change frequently and some countries have banned their use.

As such, anyone who vapes should check local regulations for your destination before you travel.

Vapes and associated items should be placed in hand baggage (not in checked baggage). Each must be protected to prevent accidental activation.

If there are any liquid components of the vapes, these will need to follow the safety requirements and rules for liquids.

You cannot use e-cigarettes or similar items on board any flight.

British Airways also says: “If your hand baggage is checked in or removed at the gate and placed in the hold, you must remove the e-cigarettes and carry them with you in the cabin."


The airline states that ‘you can carry e-cigarettes and a maximum of two spare batteries in your cabin bag – but not in the hold’. Failure to adhere to this on easyJet or other airlines could result in your luggage not being loaded to the flight.

Passengers should also note that smoking cigarettes or vaping on a plane is a criminal offence.


E-cigarettes may be carried in cabin baggage providing they are individually protected, however these are prohibited to be used onboard our aircraft and within airports (unless in designated smoking areas)


When flying with Ryanair, passengers must not pack vapes or spare batteries for them in checked luggage.

The can however be carried in the cabin, but passengers must comply with liquid rules and not use the vaping devices on the aircraft.


TUI says: “You're not allowed to use electronic cigarettes, or any other portable smoking devices, on the plane - this includes charging.”

Vapes can be carried on as hand luggage only. Passenger are not allowed to carry vapes or their spare batteries within their hold luggage.

Virgin Atlantic          

Vapes (e-cigarettes) can be carried in the plane’s cabin – but they must not be used during the flight. They can be kept on the passenger's person.

Vaping devices must not be carried in checked luggage.

Please note, e-cigarettes are not permitted for flights to and from India.

Wizz Air

You can carry vapes, e-cigars and other personal vaporizers containing batteries, for personal use, in cabin baggage only. Electronic cigarettes must not be packed in checked baggage.

The recharging of these devices and/or batteries on board the plane is not permitted and passengers must ensure measures are taken to prevent accidental activation.

The use of electronic vapes (or e-cigarettes) on board is prohibited.

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