Air Travel and the Personal Vaporizer FAQ and Blog!!!

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  1. RIAFlight25

    RIAFlight25 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Hey everyone,

    I have recently had a flood of PM's with questions about vaping on planes, in airports, security, ect... Most of these questions have been answered here on the travel forum, but I understand the search function can take awhile to get the hang of.

    I decided to start a blog here at ECF! Just an inside view of air travel and the PV from an International Flight Attendant. I'll talk about my personal experiences and what Ive been able to find out from others in the industry, as well as post FAQ's and trip reports with my experiences while vaping on different airlines, hotels, airports, and countries.

    Of course, I will continue to post in the forums, but this is just a chance to get some extra information, and read about some crazy experiences Ive had while vaping out on the road! Im just getting started, but I will update as often as I can.

    I just added the first entry- An Introduction, and who is this RIAFlight25 guy???

    Check it out!

    Safe Travels!!!
     
  2. PTJD

    PTJD Vaping At FL370 Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    OK, RYAN Air, will stickie this! Come back to post in it!
     
  3. 13ways

    13ways Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    If you have any questions about security in US airports feel free to contact me. I work for TSA so I should be able to answer just about all your questions.
     
  4. WILDJC

    WILDJC Super Member ECF Veteran

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    13ways: Where do you work? I'm a Supervisor with TSA in NY.
     
  5. 13ways

    13ways Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    TSO in MCO. There is also a supplier who works with me. He doesnt have his site on this board yet though.
     
  6. Philly

    Philly Full Member

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    The link doesn't work, and I am very interested in reading this.
     
  7. 13ways

    13ways Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    Philly click the little blue 1 next to blog entries under his avatar.
     
  8. ErikNYC

    ErikNYC Full Member

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    I travel almost every week out of MCO :) Im sure at one point you did a bag check on me. Im the jerk with all the funky electronics in his carry on ;)

    on a side note, Im STILL pissed about CLEAR going under :(

    Anyway, Ive been wondering what you guys (the TSA) know about e-cigs? So far Ive been keeping my ecig in the pen pockets of my briefcase and the juice in my "311" baggie. Im just waiting for the day when a TSA looks at either the device itself or the juice and questions it.
     
  9. radiokaos

    radiokaos Forum Supplier ECF Veteran

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    Sorry but I think I would rather take input from a Pilot or Crew member over a TSA agent any day. ;) Plus RIAflight 25 is a cool dude.
     
  10. 13ways

    13ways Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    Erik if you got bag check from an overweight sarcastic officer whose uniform doesnt fit too well (I've been losing weight) then that would be me. Im there from 10am till 8pm so chances are I'm there when you are.

    Radiokaos, to each their own and I understand there are a lot of people that have a stigma about TSA and hate everything involved with the administration. All I am doing is offering assistance not belittling others who are doing the same thing. I am actually rather used to people not liking me simply because of the job I do. It kind of comes with working for the second most hated agency in America. We have not quite surpassed the IRS but we are working hard and one day we hope to take that top spot (bottom spot?). I think actual cavity searches and not just hinting at them would do the trick.

    *edit because I forgot to answer Eriks question about what we know*
    In MCO we actually know quite a bit because of one of our own being a supplier and talking to everyone about them. We know what they are, how they work and some of us know what they look like on xray. West checkpoint does I should say. I do not work on the East side and therefor do not know how much they actually know about them.
     
  11. 13ways

    13ways Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    Yeah they screwed their employees when they went under to. They didn't give any warning they just told them at the end of their shift that they were out of a job. It makes me mad that a company would do that seeing as they had to have known a long time before then that it was coming.
     
  12. WILDJC

    WILDJC Super Member ECF Veteran

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    13 Ways is correct in his assertions. Most of us in the TSA are hard working average joe's that are very sympathetic to the traveling public. We are here to protect the traveling public and believe it or not, there are some really bad seeds that get intercepted by us. I for one would be glad not to have some of these characters flying on my flight.

    I work at ISP and I have met a fellow vaper from this forum at my airport. I invite any of you to please look me up if you ever come through my airport and I will ensure your experience will be a pleasant one.
     
  13. SLDS181

    SLDS181 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

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    I usually get shoved onto a plane for work out of JFK - but if I ever go out of ISP, I'll definitely send you a pm first :D
     
  14. RIAFlight25

    RIAFlight25 Super Member ECF Veteran


    Aww Shucks Radio, I just do what I can! ;-)


    I do have to add, Im sure TSA may be able to give insight on areas that my knowlege is lacking. In a way, these guys have a tough job... the ones that have to disappoint you to keep you safe.

    For the most part Im in the same position... There are a lot of things I have to enforce that make my passengers unhappy, but in the long run its all about their saftey. Sometimes it jsut sucks to always be the bad guy.

    To all you TSA personell, A big thanks from the flight crews for helping to keep us safer every day we work!

    Also I know Ive been slacking, but I promise to update the blog soon! Ive been flooded with trips the past two weeks. Been back and forth across the Atlantic 5 times in the past two weeks! 8-o

    Again, thanks for the props Radiokaos!

    Safe travels!!!
     
  15. Koman

    Koman Moved On ECF Veteran

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    Damn, that sucks :(
     
  16. Mr_Phil

    Mr_Phil Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    Dude. That was harsh.

    :toast: Well done!
     
  17. brodymcd

    brodymcd Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    SO... if I am OK checking my juice rather than carrying on... I'm assuming an eGo battery and few cartos (no juice) in my carry-on with some AA batteries and ipod cords, etc. would likely not require a stop-and-ask?
     
  18. emonty

    emonty Flavor Junky Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I had no issues what so ever on any airport yet, more even they are all very interested!!!
     
  19. galmedic

    galmedic Full Member

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    I've had good luck everywhere in Canada and USA regarding security checks and my e-cig 'stuff'. The only problems came with the pilots and stewards!
     
  20. mnealtx

    mnealtx Super Member ECF Veteran

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    Oddly enough, I had more re-checks with my Provari than my homebuilt fistpack clone.
     
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