Airport Security .... The Facts (Or atleast what worked)
Hello Everyone !!!!
Just got back from our all of 1 full day trip, and have some interesting news ....
This is the list of equipment I took with me ... ALL carry on.
1. 5-6 Pilot Batteries
2. 901 Passthrough and Pen Passthrough
3. APC Battery back, and Manual USB
4. 5-6 atomizers (assorted)
5. 3-4 (10ml) bottles of Eliquid
6. 1 (30ml) bottle of Eliquid
7. Several different chargers and cords.
We essentially packed everything separately. Cords/Chargers/USB's went in the laptop bag, Atomizers went in Joanna's Purse, and Batteries (even a case) when on me personally.
LAX International Airport ... One of the *hardest* to get through security checkpoints. Not a SINGLE hickup. Didn't look at any of the equipment twice, and moved right on through. Did some demo's for the flight attendants (that all seem to be from the south ... many more smokers in the South than LA) All were very fascinated. About 20 minutes or so before landing, decided I needed another Potty break ... This time, I decided to test the Smoke Detector in the bathroom ... Let me just say this .... DO NOT BLOW VAPOR DIRECTLY ON THE SMOKE DETECTOR! If you need to vape in a plane, exhale in to the toilet. The fire alarm in the ENTIRE AIRPLANE went off. We are talking the loudest, scariest, alarm I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE!!!! Ran out of that bathroom and sat back down. Luckily, it shut off after about 10 seconds .... sigh ...
.... 1 Day Trip Interval ....
Airport (Undisclosed) at this time, on the way back! Packed everything separately again, except this time, I had even MORE equipment. (I shipped a box with equipment ahead of me just in case equipment got confiscated) Even got some interesting (Cocoa/Tobacco) Flavoring in large 30ml bottles from my friends mother who was kind enough to let us try This time through security ... They must have sat starring at the bags for 10 minutes. Asking questions like, "My, you sure do have a lot of cables, etc... in your bag" "What's in these bottles" etc... Went ring around the posey a few times (forgot to take off belt, forgot my boarding pass on the conveyor, etc....) When all was said and done, eliquids/tobacco flavoring/equipment etc... made it through fine, but they confiscated my toothpaste and hair gel!!!!
Now, this is where I learned the facts of what can and can't be taken on board. Our trip home, there was a flight attendant showing another passenger a Smoke51 disposable ecig!!! I couldn't believe it! I met a totally random person that new what esmoking was .... Anyways, Joanna looked at me and I just decided to stay quiet. About an hour in to the trip, I pulled out my liquid and started half dripping the Pilot I had on me. The same guy (flight attendent) that was showing another passenger his, immediately took interest in it. Never heard of eliquid or any other ecig for that matter, and we had a nice long discussion. He told me, batteries, atomizers, cartridges, etc... are all fine and legal to take on board. Southwest had passed a memo that electronic cigarette smoking was NOT allowed, however, no equipment could be confiscated because it doesn't break any federal regulations.
He was still quite new at the entire thing, but said he had taken it through atleast 20-30 different airport's, security checkpoints, etc... and even showed some, and never had an issue!
So, there you have it ... Whenever you travel, never hesitate to bring your equipment along with you. If you feel more comfortable breaking it apart and transporting (like I did) you should still not have any issues. I would suggest no large bottles of eliquid (30ml or less) and NEVER blow in to an Airplane Smoke Detector because it DOES set it off!
Back to work for me ... just thought I would share my fun and interesting experience with esmoking and flying!
Wow..given the current atmosphere you still had the balls to blow on the smoke detector. Impressive.
Yeah, those were some big cajones, I'd be worried some huge flight-marshal would take me down like Kumar lol
...Speaking of Kumar, has anyone tried using another smokable's extracts with their e-cig?
Hahaha...I've been debating mixing the extracted oil (for flavor of course) with some pg and giving it a shot. I won't really be able to post about the results though since it is against forum policy.
Good work Cash - thanks for sharing! Good news all round for frequent flyers...
@ Doostin- you're slightly off topic here and if I'm reading you correctly, this question has been asked before and was concluded as not being particularly relevant in an ecig forum. Use the search option - I'm pretty sure there are some old threads on this knocking about which may help you.
I guess I'm lucky, my cigar didn't set the bathroom detector off, flying from Canada to Mexico and back :-) I thought I was safe, that would have been a SHOCK.
Dang Cash, I'm surprised you didn't squirt a bit in your pants when that alarm went off !
I only puffed there a 3 or 4 times though. Then I got too lazy to walk to the bathroom, and figured out that holding it in for a 10 count made all visible vapor disappear, and it was really easy to "palm" it so nobody could see me puffing on it. So then I just puffed at my seat (often).
Kinda on this subject, there is a post somewhere here linking to an flight personnel forum talking about e-cigs. I read that, and a few other posts and was surprised to hear that some pilots smoke e-cigs, and attendants as well (where you can't see them). There IS policy on all the american airlines now, saying you can't smoke an e-cig on a plane. But they also said go ahead and do it *IF YOU CAN BE DISCREET* since nobody would notice anyway, no harm, no foul.
Thank you so much!! I am flying to Nashville tomorrow and was a little nervous. Even though this is my first week with my new Pilot, I can't live without it.
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