Traveling around the country is definitely easier with a vape pen than with traditional tobacco cigarettes, but not every airport in America is as vape friendly as the next. Some allow vaping in the terminals while others have specific policies in place that restrict vaping to certain locations. Some airports consider e-cigs, vape pens, and tobacco cigarettes one-and-the-same.
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Currently, vaping on airplanes is sometimes prohibited by the individual airlines, but certain airports are far more lenient. Before vaping in a metropolitan airport, it is best to learn the laws of the land. Below is a list of American airports that currently allow vaping inside the individual terminals.
- Charlotte Douglas International
- Dulles International
- McCarran International (Las Vegas)
- Miami International
- Minneapolis-St. Paul International
- Ronald Reagan Washington International
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International
- Tampa International
The following is a list of airports that ban vaping and require all vapers to follow the same rules and regulations as our tobacco-smoking colleagues.
- Boston Logan International
- Chicago Midway International
- Chicago O’Hare International
- Dallas-Fort Worth International
- Denver International
- Detroit Metropolitan
- George Bush Intercontinental (Houston)
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
- Los Angeles International
- Orlando International
- Philadelphia International
- San Francisco International
- Seattle-Tacoma International
Unfortunately, all of the airports servicing the New York City area are not included on either list. The recently passed Clean Air Act makes vaping in any public venue illegal, including airports. Therefore, the individual airports of JFK International and LaGuardia International are currently not allowed to change their rules on indoor vaping, due to this state law.
Flying with your Vape
Many airlines have yet to come out with a definitive vaping policy. Others have already added a vaping ban into their traveler policies. Here is a short list of airlines who already have strict regulations in place banning vaping:
- JetBlue Airlines
- United Airlines
- American Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Spirit & Southwest Airlines
If you really must vape on a plane, responsible vapers should always be considerate of other fellow travelers. Avoid blowing massive clouds, for example. Take short hits of your e-cig or vape pen, perhaps blowing them into your shirt or sleeve instead. Some travelers may become very frightened if they see “smoke” coming from somewhere inside that cabin. You don’t want to create an international incident because you needed a drag of your Atlantis Aspire or Kanger EMOW!