Can you vape on a plane? E-Cigarette Travel Rules and Laws Explained

BEFORE you go on vacation, you should check the rules on vaping to avoid breaking the law.

We explain all the rules about vaping on planes and what is prohibited.


It is important that you check with the relevant authorities about vaping bans before you go.Credit: Getty – Contributor

Can you vape on planes?

Passengers on board a flight are not permitted to vape on any airline in the UK.

EasyJet and Ryanair allow passengers to carry their vapes in their hand luggage, but have a strict no-smoking policy that applies to vaping.

Electronic cigarettes also do not have to be registered.

Ryanair even reserves the right to refuse passengers on board a flight if “you have smoked, or attempted to smoke, on a previous flight”.

If you are caught vaping on a flight, you could face heavy fines or be banned from the airline.

A man has been banned for life from flying with Spirit Airlines after using his e-cigarette in the bathroom, resulting in the plane crashing.

It’s also worth checking whether they’re allowed in the country you’re traveling to, as e-cigarettes are already banned in over 45 countries.

Can you vape in airports?

All airports have banned vaping indoors, as with normal cigarettes.

Some airports have designated smoking areas outside the terminals for travelers to use.

What forms of travel make it possible to vape?

In the UK, vaping has also been banned on buses and trains.

Although many train companies and stations once allowed vaping on platforms, most have also been banned.

In the capital, e-cigarettes are also banned on London Underground services.

Although vaping is not illegal, drivers who are distracted by e-cigarette smoke can be prosecuted for driving without care or attention.


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Police can fine you £100 on the spot and three penalty points if they think the clouds of smoke are impacting your ability to drive safely.

And in more serious cases or those challenged in court, the charge can result in a fine of up to £5,000, up to nine penalty points and even a court-imposed driving ban.

Where can you vape in the UK?

The government hasn’t officially banned vaping anywhere, it’s up to the property owner.

Many private and public organizations have banned the use of electronic cigarettes, so it is essential to check with the authorities beforehand.

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