Can You Take An Electric Cigarette On An Airplane Without It Being Confiscated?

Many people have purchased an electric cigarette and are unsure if it is ok to bring on an airplane and worried that the TSA might harass you if you try to pass it through customs. One person who purchased theirs had this question.

“I just bought an electronic cigarette and want to smoke it on a jet, could i just put it in my pocket and carry it on or what?”

I can speak from personal experience on this subject. I had my Solar Cigarette electric cigarette in my pocket and I had my refill cartridges in my laptop bag. I put them through the x-ray machine and all of the TSA started gathering around the screen and I just knew it had to be me because my laptop came out and my wife had all of her things but still, no laptop bag for me.

The gentleman said “whose bag is this?” Mine I exclaimed.

“Do you mind if we look through it?” “Sure go ahead, but what you are looking for is in the outer compartment.” I replied.

He looked through my bag and found the cartridges and his look on his face was of embarrassment. He told me “out of all these people in this airport, I should of known what it is, an electric cigarette.”

We chatted for a minute because he also was using an electric cigarette as well and pulled it out of his pocket to show me.

So to answer the question of whether the TSA will take it away, they can’t take it away but they may take a deeper look into it until these electric cigarette become more popular, which they are.

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8 Responses to Can You Take An Electric Cigarette On An Airplane Without It Being Confiscated?

  1. yeaboy July 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    what is an electronic cigarette?
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  2. Cornelius July 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    be ready to get hassled
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  3. David July 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    i doubt it
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  4. mark July 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    You cannot smoke it on the plane. You will get in big trouble

    Only approved electronic devices can be used. Even then, only after takeoff when announced and not during landing.

    I’m sure an electronic cigarette is NOT approved.
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  5. kdz_510 July 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    With those kind of smokes, they give you a card (like an ID) stating that you can smoke them anywhere because they don’t emit alot of smoke and you don’t like them.
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  6. Da Monkey July 24, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    Okay, I’m not going to chew you out for smoking, but I really don’t think you can smoke on an airplane, even if it IS electronic. I’m not really sure how electronic cigarettes work, but if it emits smoke, you can’t smoke it on a plane, even if they don’t confiscate it.
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  7. Lake July 24, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    I agree with owen E, but i heard some airlines don’t let you use them, but the in bathroom is a great idea.
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  8. Owen E July 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    You are allowed to bring it on an airplane – no FAA regulation should prevent you from doing so.
    But at this time I would urge you not to smoke it in your seat. Take it to the bathroom and join the Smoke High Club. :)
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