What Airlines Prohibit E Cigarettes?

Many airlines are now adding e-cigs to their list of prohibited inflight items. This may come as a response to passengers that were not courteous with their vaporizing or because the fake cigarettes may be interpreted as real cigarettes and inspire other passengers to light up. Regardless, it’s now more important than ever to call ahead and ask your airlines policy. You don’t want to be expecting a fix at 35,000 feet only to discover that you’re not allowed to partake. As of February 2010 the following airlines have policies against e cigarettes:

  • Continental: “The use of electronic, simulated smoking materials (cigarettes, pipes, cigars) is prohibited on Continental Airlines”
  • American: “Devices that are not allowed to be activated at any time are those, including e-cigarettes….”
  • Southwest: People report seeing ecigarettes are prohibited in the onboard literature
  • Air Canada: “Electronic cigarettes (or ‘e-cigarettes’), provided they remain stowed and unused in your carry-on baggage.”

Any major airlines I’ve missed? Feel free to let me know in the comments.


  1. Sasan

    Nowadays air quality in planes is actually worse than when real smoking was allowed. Back then the smoking section was at the rear of the plane and air filtration systems were set much higher than what they are now. Nowadays, since there is no smoking in the planes, they keep the air filtration at much lower settings to save fuel. And this means more and longer exposure to other toxins and bacteria.

  2. Chris

    We agree on both accounts. Vapor has never, in our experience, set off a fire alarm. To be honest the odor probably would not give you away either. Unfortunately, most airlines have prohibited the use of vapor while on board their aircraft at this point. Thank you for the feedback, we appreciate your stopping by our site!

  3. James Parr

    Just an observation : while of course everyone shoukd observe all applicable rulesd regulations while flying, e cigarrette use does not appear to activate the smoke detector inairline lavatories.

  4. Chris

    Right no there is not a federal law banning the use of e cigarettes on planes, however the vast majority of airlines ban them in-flight. There are certain international flights that allow them, but if you are flying in the U.S. you are largely out of luck. Most often we have heard that flight attendants will ask vapers to refrain from use while on the plane. As per the TSA you can carry devices and juices without a hassle. Juices have to be in sealed bottles that hold 3.4 ounces or less, and the bottles must fit in a 1 quart, clear plastic bag. You get one bag per carry on or checked piece of luggage. Sorry that we didn’t have better news, but at this point vaping on planes in the U.S. is a no-go

  5. Chris

    We are sorry to hear about your experience. Vaping is still a misunderstood practice by many. At this point there are no set (Federally mandated) rules in the U.S. about vaping on planes. In spite of that most airlines themselves do prohibit their use inside of their planes both on the ground and in flight. We can’t see how they would ever justify escorting a passenger off of a plane for filling their e cig, that seems ridiculous. We do commend you for switching to vapor though. Dealing with those who don’t get it can be tough, but we are confident that you have made a better decision. Here is an article with tips for traveling vapers that we put together after traveling with e cigs this past March.We hope it helps in the future. http://cigarettereviews.org/e-cigarette-101/pro-tips-electronic-cigarettes-air-travel/

  6. S Garner

    I was escorted off of a US airways flight July 2014 by security due to a stewardess who thought she was God due to a vape e cig after asking TSA prior to my flight if it was okay and they said yes. She asked me to put it away as I was in the middle of refilling it and apparently it took me longer than she wanted to to close it up. She came over and told me that this was not allowed because it would confuse other passengers and she had given me a long enough time to put it away so she was going to have security escort me off the plane upon landing. Even the security people thought she was being a little bitchy and they eventually let me go but told me to look for paperwork in the mail as I could be facing a hefty fine for not listening to the stewardess. So stupid! It’s only water vapor and I’m old enough to remember when I used to be able to smoke real cigarettes on an airplane! Things like this make me wonder why I quit to begin with.

  7. kay

    Just because you say something doesn’t make it true. Ecigs are lifesavers for ex-smokers and more safe/polite around non-smokers. It seems people just like to have something to be pissed off about and end up creating a lot of unnecessary damage for people trying to do better for themselves and others. I wonder if you would rather be on a flight with harmless vapor or someone whose experiencing nicotine withdrawls. The latter sound considerably more dangerous πŸ˜‰

  8. Jason

    Shouldn’t perfumes and colognes also be banned from airplanes? There are many who are highly allergic to those.

  9. jason

    For those of you that know nothing about e-cigs , and from what i have read here and other places. there is no second hand smoke or ill effect to those around the person using the e-cigs.

  10. Randy

    I too am a 35 year used to be smoker. I started vaping Jan 2 2013 and have not picked up a analogue cig since. My wife also a 30 year used to be smoker started vaping a week after me. We have cut our cost of the nic habit in half and of course the health and hygiene bonuses. I think as vapors we need to consider the fear of smoking that has been drilled into the non smoking public and there ignorance of the e-cig. I can vape anywhere just by holding the vapor in my lungs until it dissipates and exhale as normal. I get my nic fix and no one sees the vapor and are none the wiser

  11. Rob H.

    Are e-cigs still banned on airplanes?

    If so, WHY??? Hasn’t there been enough testing and acceptance?

  12. Donna

    I am so happy to read these storie about e-cigs.I have smoked since I Was 16 Years old.I am now 54 years old.On Jan 14th 2012 I woke up and said enough.I went and bought a starter e cig kit and havent smoked a real cig since.I Feel so much healthier now. Thank you E-cig

  13. Hi Donna,

    Thanks so much for your comments. Great tips on when, where and how to vape when traveling. I’ve often wondered about using an e cig in the restroom on an airplane. Although I wouldn’t recommend it to others it sounds like it works. I always wondered if the smoke detectors would pick it up but I guess since it is water vapor and not smoke the smoke detectors don’t catch it. πŸ™‚ Happy vaping and thanks again for your comments. I hope you enjoy the site!


  14. Donna

    I have used a e-cig to travel for more than 2 years and now use it as my “smoke” device. I also use it at work and have found that no one minds. On a airplane, I normally go to the restroom, hit a few times and all is well. As a seasoned travler I find that I can use my e-cig in any airport but while onboard, for concerned parents with children, its just easier to vap in the restroom. If I’m in a seat aisle alone with few passengers around me, its not a issue. As for traveling around children – bring ear plugs and a portable DVD player. Jeeze if you ever had children you feel for the parents..and plug your ears or put on a dvd with good headset. No reason to snap on babies. Happy vaporing my friends!

  15. John

    I would much rather have e cig vapor in a plane or any confined space than a crying child or a sick adult. An adult who is sick does not need to have long term contact with you to make you sick too. Anyone who complains about e cigs needs to read up on their contents and what is emitted when they are used, and get off their opinionated high horse.

  16. Hi Michael,

    Thank you for the update! We did a quick check also and found this:

    “Smoking, including the use of electronic smoking devices, is not permitted on any Alaska Airlines flight.”

    It’s a shame that airlines don’t respect the fact that e cigarettes do not give off smoke. They are odorless and imo do not disturb others on the airplane. But my opinion means nothing to the airlines I guess. πŸ™‚

    We hope you continue to check out CigaretteReviews.org. Our site is only as strong as the members frequenting it. πŸ™‚ We have many plans in 2012 to enhance the site for our users!


  17. Michael

    Smoking, including the use of electronic smoking devices, is not permitted on any Alaska Airlines flight.

  18. james smith

    let’s all cheer for electric cigerettes having smoked for some 50 odd years it would be nice to be allowed to use them on british airlines. just had a 3 hour wait at gatwick followed by a 4 and a half hour flight with no cigerettes allowed. could use them at the airport but once on the plane NO GO. just some stewerdess being stroppy about effecting the flight deck, when the guy next to me is using a laptop at the time huh! glad i’m home now so i can use them without getting it in the neck. long live e-cig ‘s

  19. Hi David,

    Thanks so much for your comment! We get excited when we hear stories like yours. We are glad you found e Cigs and they have satisfied you. We hope you enjoy our reviews and if you think there is anything we can do to make our site more helpful for others please let us know.


  20. David

    Being a smoker since I was 15, now 52, I hope these e-NIC devices should be studied but I have to say I feel so much better now after only a month of quitting cigarettes completely and using these. My lungs don’t hurt, I have better breathing, I don’t cough at all and I am perfectly happy just to take a puff or two whenever and where ever I choose. They give me a little nicotine along with a little nice vapor which is why I think I smoked regular cigs at all anyway. I vape in the airport and in the plane usually on long flights and I’m fine. Thanks God for these wonderful devices! As a person that believes much more in harm-reduction than abstinence I would HIGHLY recommend these to any long time smoker who can’t quit and now you don’t really have to and everything from smell to the huge cost savings, $1000’s per year..I feel so relieved because I knew I could NEVER quit smoking but now I Vape and it’s damn cool! To HELL with cigs!

  21. Adam

    I would prefer these E-Cigs to bad breath. Also everyone breathes in toxic crap everyday from different kinds chemical plants, smog, exhaust, ect without your consent which “includes your kids”. The fact that you have someone to target with these E-Cigs as opposed to a large company that tells you to shut your mouth just makes you uppity people feel good about yourselves when most can honestly “easily” just deal with it. I hate cigarette smoke, BUT I think E-Cigs are a definite improvement and a step in the right direction. The fact that I cannot smell it is enough in my book to ignore it. If people want to look like putzes smoking these things while not involving my sense of smell I am all for it. Quit whining!!

  22. Tom

    I for one would pay double to be Dr. Kyle’s patient. It’s refreshing to view such a cogent response to a nut job like Mark (people like him never seem to let facts get in the way–whatever could possibly be his motive for being on this blog anyway?).

  23. Miss Vivan,

    Thanks for your email! We definitely agree with you. Hopefully in the not-so-distant future they will see the benefits of electronic cigarettes and allow them to be used anywhere. They are a revolutionary technology that don’t effect people around the user.


  24. Miss Vivian

    I don’t get it! I was a pack and a half a day smoker. Been a smoker for more than 40 years and from DAY 1 everything changed! For the 1st time in 20+ years I did’t light up when my feet hit the floor, or after lunch or in the middle of the night ..

    I’m not hackin’ in the morning, no longer winded and I’m saving over half of the cost of real smokes. So how come the freakin’ non-smokers can’t give us a break? You sons of guns are just MEAN.

    45 days later later I am down to 2 a day and so happy!

  25. Thank you for your comment! We completely agree with you and Dr. Kyle. Electronic cigarettes are a great tool to assist smokers in switching to a healthier habit. We hope in time that the general public can understand the health benefits of electronic cigarettes and accept them as the norm. Please keep us updated on your progress with electronic cigarettes.

    Thanks again,

  26. Michelle

    Thank you so much Dr. Kyle for your completely knowledgeable post. The “Marks” of this society are ignorant fools whose judgmental attitudes make me sick. He is probably an obese alcoholic whose “drugs” are legal. I have smoked 1 to 2 packs of cigarettes for 40 years and have tried countless times to quit. I now β€œsmoke” electronic cigarettes and am very grateful and thankful that I am no longer putting those harmful chemicals into my body. The Blu Cigs that I use do not even have propylene glycol in them. The nicotine is no more harmful than the caffeine that I ingest and to put it into terms that even MARK should be able to understand β€œthe vapor that I breath out is no more harmful to him than my caffeine laden breath”. Get a clue people!

  27. rita

    I have personal experience with e-cigs. My sister is in her sixties and smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day for over 40 years. She was able to quit smoking with the e-cig. A big part of smoking is the oral fixation as well as seeing the smoke (weird I know) so holding a device like an e-cig really works. My sister is early stage emphysema so that was her motivation. However, if the e-cig didn’t work, she would still be smoking.

    Non-smokers are bad enough but some of the smokers who have quit are the worst! They still want to smoke and so self-righteous, they make me sick.

    Smoking is a legal addiction. A lot of people got hooked when it was considered “glamorous” and socially acceptable. It is said to be more addictive than heroin.

    Airlines should be made aware of carrying an e-cig, put it through the xray machine, and allow people to at least have it in their luggage.

  28. donis theo

    How about prohibiting toddlers on a plane who can scream their lungs out disturbing the ENTIRE plane and you are stuck there for hours with NO escape

  29. Hi Dr. Kyle,

    Thank you for your in depth comment! We’d love to hear more about your knowledge about why E Cigarettes are a useful alternative to traditional cigarettes. If you’d ever like to publish your information on our site please let us know and we will contact you.

    Thanks again for your comment!

  30. Kyle

    Hey Mark,

    Please do some in depth clinical research before spouting out nonsense and babbling on about your bunk perception of reality. Nicotine is on par with Caffeine in the sense that chemically, it is a very, very mild stimulant. Interesting enough, it can also mimic our neurotransmitter Acetylcholine to produce a calming, or parasympathetic response. A VERY large amount of the infinitesimal amount that an e-cigarette contains is absorbed into the mucous membranes of the nose and throat and aveeoli of the lungs. After the user’s blood/brain exchange of nicotine takes place, what is exhaled is really only water vapor…and oh yes, less that 0.5% propelyn glycol, and if your worried about that, you ought not fly in an encapsulated aluminum tube at 35,000 ft. on a regular basis. Nor should you leave you home. If I were you, I’d have my groceries delivered directly to your home where, there are no doubt, several HEPA air purifiers strewn about in very strategic locations.
    Could you please share with me just a handful of the truly “LOADED” & “TOXIC” chemicals released by the exhalation of an e-cigarette’s vapor and CO2? Perhaps you could site a few of the 3,000+ truly “LOADED & TOXIC” chemicals released by the incineration of tobacco?
    I don’t suffer ill-informed fools lightly, and I apologize for my tone. Yet, this device has the ability to reduced CAD, HTN, COPD, Asthma, and Small cell pulmonary carcinoma. Does that interest you at all? Or are you a typical, hypocritcal liberal who really, deep down, only care about ‘a nice place to live” for your self. A place with more bikepaths and less golfcourses. In the real and true sense you couldn’t give less than a s**t about humankind. The fact that you are “comfortable” is at the top of your agenda. Regardless, try and refrain a few of your preconceived notions and be a bit more empathetic to your fellow humans. Get over yourself.
    Kyle G., LCSW, Psy RN, BSN, PsyD, MD. I currently practice pulmonary medicine at a highly-regarded hospital in the southwestern U.S. Should you have any questions, feel free to ask. Regards.

  31. Craig Girard

    I can’t believe all of the people here that have a problem with a harmless, odorless, smokeless product. I’m annoyed by fat people sitting next to me and people with body odor on my airplane. Both of those things are allowed on planes and they are much more bothersome than the water vapor that comes from an e cigarette. The next time I fly I think I’ll take a break from deodorant,sock changing and showers for a few days just as a gift to the cry babies who have nothing better to do than complain.

  32. JT

    There is no one that would want to be near me after two hours on a plane without a cigarette! I think e-cigs should absolutely be allowed on planes. I travel a lot and panic anytime I am on a flight that is more than a few hours.

  33. chuck george

    After reading all the blogs and complaints, the onlky thing I have to say about electronic Cigarettes is: The industry that makes these wonderful units, in all their anticipated profit expectations, actually screwed themselves by calling it a, “Electronic Cigarette”. If it had been called an alternative nicotine device, or anything but a, Electronic Cigarette, it would have been greeted much the same as the noicotine patch or gum. Sometimes in the grand sceem of making the Magic buck, we shoot ourselves in the foot. If ya had called it a vapor pen, the FAA would have never questioned it since vaporizers and other breathing devices are permitted in airports and on flights. You named it cigarette! I mean you would not have called it a smokeless bomb now would you?

  34. Dennis

    This is ridiculous. E-cigarettes do not harm any other person. Alcohol consumption and crying children are far more disruptive,and I am NOT for banning them. It seems people will allow drinking coffee for caffeine stimulation but nicotine in an e-cigarette is considered harmful to others.

  35. Hi Mark,

    Thank you for your comment. Education is an important thing and is one of the things we hope we are accomplishing at CigaretteReviews.org. The vapor that is exhaled from an electronic cigarette is made up of more that 90% water vapor. I agree it’s not completely healthy to breath in but is much better than the second hand smoke from traditional cigarettes. E cigarettes are also much less harmful to smoke since they don’t contain any of the thousands of chemicals contained in traditional cigarettes. Click Here for a list of the chemicals in traditional cigarettes that you won’t inhale using e cigarettes. Even more, you can choose to use non nicotine cartridges. Of course as with anything e cigarette users need to be conscious of their surroundings. For example, I would never vape on an airplane if I knew I was near children or if others didn’t want me to. I’d also stop if someone complained about it. I would hope other e cig users are considerate of others as well. I’ve heard many stories from e cigs users that go to the rest room as they feel the need to vape while in the air. Always make sure the flight attendants know what you are planning to do to make sure they are aware and ok with it. As always, Thank you for your comment Mark. I hope you choose to visit and comment often.


  36. Mark

    You’re still breathing out vapor that is loaded with nicotine and toxic chemicals. The rest of us don’t make a choice to breathe that in. So what that it’s not burning? It’s still an addictive, toxic drug. Make your own choice on your own time and your own dime, it’s your choice if you want to kill yourself slowly, but don’t force the rest of us to breathe it in – especially children.

  37. Eileen O'Keeffe

    Why is this a problem, we are trying to be clean, and not pollute, why are we being trgeted?

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