We live in a time in which we’re increasingly becoming dependent on various technological devices. The prospect of being divorced from our tech is one that leaves most people of in a state that ranges from bewilderment to utter despair.
It’s important to understand the do’s and don’ts about taking technology on a plane. The rules, however, are constantly in flux, making it difficult to stay up to date. Here is a short outline of the current state of affairs.
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As things stand currently, you can bring a vape on a plane with you, along with all its paraphernalia. There are a few restrictions though. The first applies to the volume of e-liquid you carry with you, which should be in accordance with the 3-1-1 carry-on rule.
This means that the e-liquid should not amount to more than three ounces per container, and should be placed in a quart-sized, clear, zip-top bag in your hand luggage.
The second restriction doesn’t so much apply to your hand luggage as your checked bags. According to new FAA rules, lithium-ion vape batteries are a fire hazard when stowed in checked luggage, so you can only travel with your vape if it’s in your carry-on.
Laptops, Kindles, and Tablets
In March 2017, the U.S. government prohibited passengers from carrying any electronic device bigger than a mobile phone in their hand luggage if they were traveling on a direct flight from 10 major airports in the Middle East to the U.S. A similar ban was also implemented by the U.K. in the same year, but it targeted different airports and airlines. Both these bans were implemented because of security threats and were subsequently lifted, citing upgraded airport security as a reason.
Currently, there are no bans with regards to carrying a laptop, kindle, or tablet with you on a plane, but certain rules do apply. You’ll be asked when passing through a checkpoint to remove your device from your hand luggage and place it in a separate tray for scanning. Security may also ask you to switch on your electronic device to check that it is real.
The same rules apply for the batteries of electronic devices as vapes; that is, no batteries can be stowed in checked luggage. And as far as using these devices goes, you can’t use electronic devices during takeoff and landing, but you can if you set them to airplane mode mid-flight.
Although you’ll be able to use your smartphone in airplane mode, you cannot actually use your phone to make any phone calls while on a plane. This rule was implemented to avoid any possible interference with cell towers. It is, however, probably a good thing, as listening to fellow passengers’ phone calls is something we’d probably all like to avoid.
Things don’t look half bad: on your next flight, you can read your downloaded books on your kindle and use your laptop and smartphone in airplane mode. And although you’re not allowed to smoke your vape on the plane, you’ll be able to take a quick puff at airports between connecting flights.