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Can You Bring Cannabis Vaporizers on Planes: The New Mile High Club

Updated on December 25, 2023

Can You Bring Cannabis Vaporizers on Planes

The compact and convenient nature of cannabis vaporizers, especially the disposables that Cilicon is known for, make them an excellent option for traveling. You can pop one or two in your travel bag and be set for your entire journey, whether it is a mellow type of vacation or whether you are on the go with a busy itinerary. But what if your travel plans include plane rides? Are you allowed to bring cannabis vaporizers on the plane? Is it safe? This guide may answer all those questions and help you ensure your journey is as smooth as your next draw.

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Tip #1: Pack any vaporizer devices with batteries in carry-on luggage ONLY

Any vape pens, mods, and any vaporizer devices with lithium batteries, including the batteries themselves, need to be brought onto the plane’s cabin. This is due to the different temperature and pressure conditions in the cargo hold, creating concerns over fires. This is a worldwide rule with no exceptions. It is considered irresponsible and dangerous to leave any batteries in checked luggage that has the tendency to cause an explosion. Moreover, suppose they are discovered during x-ray scans, you run the risk of your suitcase being forced open and your vape devices confiscated in that case, and even your belongings being left behind altogether. Extra liquids or pods (again, no batteries) can be brought onto checked luggage, as long as you remember the next tip.

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Tip #2: Make sure cannabis vaporizer devices are well-sealed in appropriate containers

Vaporizers contain oil after all, so if you are bringing them in carry-on luggage, they are subject to any rules concerning oil. In the United States, TSA rules state that all liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes carried onto the plane must be in 100 ml (or smaller) bottles and must fit into a single 1-quart plastic bag. In addition, cabin pressure can make liquids expand, so when you are traveling with a THC pod, make sure all containers are well-sealed to keep your other belongings safe from any potential spillage. You might even want to check that all pens and pods are less than full, so there is space for the liquid to expand. With extra liquids and pods in checked luggage, you’d do well to double bag them just in case.

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Tip #3: Double-check the regulations on cannabis possessions in your port of departure and arrival

This is perhaps the most important, particularly in the United States, where you are technically subject to federal law while the plane is in flight. Cannabis products remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA. There are many grey areas here, particularly regarding whether CBD oil with trace or no amount of THC is banned. If you are unsure in any way, do not bring your cannabis vaporizers if there is any cannabis oil in them on the side of caution. That said, flying with a small (personal use) amount of cannabis products between states with legalized recreational use is relatively safe, and TSA does not actively search for marijuana during luggage x-ray scans.

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Tip #4: Don’t vape in airports or on planes.

Nowadays, vaping is banned in airports except for the rare designated smoking areas. You are definitely not supposed to vape while on an airplane, whether on the tarmac or in flight. So hold off from puffing until you are safely away from the airports and hopefully lying on a beach lounge somewhere. Happy travels!

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