by Dante » Fri May 06, 2011 9:56 am
I don't bring e-liquid with me, but rather pack a dozen or so pre-filled cartomizers since they seem to travel well with minimal leakage. No matter how I pack them (in various configurations across my two carry-ons), they often trigger a hand-search of my bags. From what the security guys have said, the cartomizers (especially when packed together in a bundle) look enough like bullets in the x-ray image to cause concern.
Through trial-and-error, I have found the most effective way to get through security is to start by packing the cartomizers I filled into boxes that came with pre-filled carts. Then, I put the boxes in a clear Zip-Lock bag. When going through security, I remove the bag from my luggage and place it in a separate bin that goes through the x-ray machine.
Typically, the security guys will pause the machine while they scrutinize the cartomizer image. They then tend to inspect the bag manually, asking me some questions about the contents. This is often followed by them swabbing it to test for residual banned chemicals. Once it clears, they hand it back and I'm on my way. So far, I've found that when I am polite, non-confrontational, and generally quiet as I let them do their work they seem to be courteous and professional.
The reason I put the cartomizers in a pre-filled cart box is that when they visually inspect them, they seem to be reassured by the retail packaging. I'm not saying this is good security practice, but it does seem to put them more at ease than when the unmarked cartomizers are sloshing around on their own (or in the original cartomizer package with minimal retail printing).
Also, I try to make sure that the cartomizer bag is the last thing to go through the x-ray after the rest of my stuff. That way, while they're inspecting the cartomizers, I'm repacking my other stuff (e.g. laptop, cell phone) and putting my shoes back on (or getting an occasional pat-down). As this all happens simultaneously, it appears to be a much faster process than when they were hand-inspecting my bags (and running them back through the x-ray).
Has anyone found other useful tips to help frequent travelers easily get through airport security?
BTW - I'm only talking about travel in the US. Due to varying local regulations in other countries I don't bring my electronic cigarette gear overseas. I'm not particularly interested in increasing the likelihood of being detained outside the US (rightly or wrongly). I know some people who like to take stands about their "rights", but I prefer just to get from point A to point B with minimal fuss.
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by Phydeau » Fri May 06, 2011 9:09 pm
Thanks for the tips.
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by ping279 » Sat May 07, 2011 5:18 am
Anyway... I have always been worried about the look of the batteries sitting next to eachother but I guess that hasn't been an issue.
Good advice for those of us who use cartos!
Anyway, he found my Caselogic pack where my batts were stored and ID'ed them as the 'culprit'. Once he saw what they were he said that he see's alot of these but needs to check them out regardless. Totally cool guy and let me be on my way.
Funny part was they didn't say anything about the two 5 packs of Boge cartos.
On the return trip from Philly airport, nothing was said, it went right thru.
Vaping on Frontier was no biggie. Just stealth it with some unflavored eliquid with a low VG and you'll be good to go!
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by Rattlehead » Sat May 07, 2011 11:24 am
But I will chew nicoret on the plane, I wouldn't want to make other people uncomfortable!
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by Maddoktor2 » Wed May 11, 2011 8:12 am
Of course, people are more concerned with convenience than their alleged constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom from unreasonable searches, so there you have it.
I refuse to fly, take the bus, or ride the train. I'm not afraid to stand up for myself and my rights. Any part of your body that touches mine you will not get back!
If I can't get there by driving, I just don't go - it's really just that simple. When they start setting up roadside checkpoints (wait for it, it's coming - mark my words), I will stop traveling altogether. I hate what this country has become, and am truly glad that the majority of my life is behind me.
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by DeemoDiablo » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:07 pm
I recently quit my job that required extensive travel. I would fly typically every 1 to 2 weeks, mostly to other states, sometimes to Germany. I didn't take my inferno on the plane to Germany because I would be there for 8 weeks and was afraid of it along with all my paraphernalia being confiscated by customs. I did, however, use it when traveling CONUS, mostly with Delta and AA. What I would do is explain to the people near me, if any, what the device was, how it worked (if they were interested), and that it was harmless to them. I then asked if it was okay to them if I used it in flight. Most people gave me their consent and I limited my usage of the device while on the airplane, especially around flight staff. As a side note, in the airports themselves, I did get a few jeers, side-eyes, and up-and-down looks from various people. It should go without saying I knew what I was doing was fully acceptable in the airport I was in and could care less what they thought.
tl;dr I used it on planes. Limit use around flight attendants and get OK from adjacent passengers. No problems here.
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