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Jul 27

Vape Friendly Airports that Permit the Use of eCigarettes

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Airports That Permit Vaping

Vape friendly airports

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

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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).

vape friendly airportsOther Options Membership Has its Privileges

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.

As a rule I sit as far away from others as possible and use either my V2 e-liquid ecig or my tiny JUUL ecig.

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V2 e-liquid kit ecig

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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  1. Jorge Mata

    The Miami International Airport is not vapor friendly, they told me today that o had to go to the designated smoking area

  2. Seba

    Hello, nice post, thank you for the information.
    I’m from Argentina.
    In our international airport in Buenos Aires (Ezeiza), the authorities are not very familiar with vaping, anyway I was able to vape inside the terminal, as you said, always taking care of not disturbing other passengers.

    1. Hillary

      Thank you Seba!

  3. Brandon

    Phoenix sky harbor is vape friendly. At least in the American airlines terminal. Found out first hand.

    1. Hillary

      Thanks for that information Brandon!

  4. James hayes

    This is not accurate. Charlotte Douglas is very anti vape you can only vape in the smoking area outside security. Found this out first hand. 9/26/15

    1. Jackie J.

      Thanks for your feedback James. I will make note in the post.

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