Airports That Permit Vaping
There was a time when you could vape your electronic cigarette freely at many airports worldwide without having to resort to those revolting smoking rooms. Although times have changed, I was happy to discover that there's still an impressive list of United States airports that permit vaping in the terminals and not just the bars.
Here’s the List:
Vape Friendly US Airports – As of Summer 2015
- McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
- Dulles International Airport
- Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport
- Miami International Airport
- Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- Tampa International Airport
The rest of the world’s airports are not as permissive. Anti-eCig sentiment in Canada led to new restrictions at the once vape-friendly Montréal-Trudeau Airport so it has been removed from our list.
In November 2013, Heathrow Airport (London) made headlines when they restricted vaping to their new Vape Lounge located in the International Departures Lounge at Terminal 4. At only 30-square-meters (325-square-feet) and with restricted hours, it’s hardly a convenience for vapers. You might as well go outside the terminal and join the smokers. (Heathrow has done away with all smoking lounges).
If you have an airline private lounge card or an American Express card that qualifies entry into a member lounge, your chances of vaping at the airport improve. I’ve had great success in the US and the UK. Perhaps the management didn’t want to lose a paying customer, but I’d like to think it was because my vaping style didn’t offend anyone.
I try to keep the vaper cloud to a minimum by taking smaller puffs. I vape a non-offensive e-liquid flavor with my V2 ecig, like Virgin Vapor’s Kona Coffee Milkshake. If someone is sitting close to me, I always show them my pretty little ecig and ask permission to vape before I proceed.
The Future of Vaping in Airport Terminals
There are, to date, no federal laws prohibiting vaping at airports. That means each airport makes its own rules that are not necessarily based on state regulations. Of course, ecig regulations can change fast, (in either direction), so before you travel it’s always a good idea to call ahead, or opt for purchasing a membership at a private airport lounge and hope for the best.
What is your experience vaping at an airport? Please join the conversation in the comments section below.
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