Portable vaporizers on Planes Recommends That It’s Best to Be Cautious
During the early days of portable weed vaporizer marketing, it was common for companies to make statements like, ‘smoke anywhere’ or ‘vape where ever tobacco cigarettes aren’t allowed’. Such marketing tactics have been questioned recently, especially when it comes to in-flight vaping. People who smoke may be inclined to use some sort of nicotine device when flying because they are:
anxious while in flight
weary from extended travel
stressed from the airport environment
truly terrified of flying.
Some will choose to use the nicotine patch while others make use of inhalers, gum, lozenges, or pharmaceutical products. Unfortunately, electronic cigarettes are an option on fewer flights around the world .
Planes in the UK
Current UK law does not include e-cigarettes in public smoking bans. In essence, it is legal to vape in any public place with one exception: when a property owner or manager objects to such activity. The ability to object allows for wide latitude among all industries, including airlines. A few years ago, it was not uncommon for airlines to welcome electronic cigarettes among smoking passengers. However, that’s starting to change. Surveys taken among the largest airlines flying in the UK shows a growing trend of banning the devices in-flight. Interestingly enough, the most common reason offered for not allowing electronic cigarettes on planes is the fact that they could cause confusion to others. Airline executives say that if vaping is confused with smoking, it could encourage other smokers to light up tobacco cigarettes – which are definitely not allowed. It would appear as though the question of second hand vapor is not even considered within the UK airline industry. And with good reason. Research referenced by the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) and others shows there’s nothing to be concerned about.
Planes in the US
The situation in the USA is a bit different. To understand, it first must be noted that there is no national policy toward smoking in America. Smoking regulations are left to individual states and municipalities. Therefore, no nationwide e-cigarette ban exists. In 2011, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that e-cigarettes are included in the smoking ban for US-based planes. However, that rule has never been codified as an official regulation. It is just a statement made by an agency spokesperson and issued in a press release. So technically, vaping on American planes is still legal under the law. That said, every US airline has a policy against the practice. That essentially makes the FAA regulations a moot point. Airlines have the right to limit vaping in the US, just as they do in the UK.
In summary, the best advice we can offer is always to use caution if you plan to use electronic cigarettes on planes. You might consider asking the flight crew about company policy before you use your personal vaporizer. Don’t forget, every airline has a different policy so check it out first .…