The Smoker’s Guide Travel: Airplane TripsErinn Holman
Do you enjoy legal smoking herbs in your state, but aren’t sure if you can bring them along on your upcoming flight? Are you wondering if you can travel by plane from one legal state to another and, if so, how to go about it? Are you considering taking legal smoking herbs to another country? If any of these scenarios sound familiar, let us break it down so you can make informed decisions about air travel, domestic and abroad. Before you decide whether to take the risk of traveling by plane with your smoking materials, take a few minutes to read on and arm yourself with the knowledge to strategically plan your trip.
What Smokers Need to Know About Federal and State Laws Before a Flight
Things can get a bit confusing when weighing state laws against federal ones. Even if you have the legal right to possess and use smoking herbs in your state, you are still required to follow state and federal law. Since air travel is considered a federal mode of transportation, you technically cannot legally fly anywhere with any legal smoking herbs, other than tobacco. The feds also make it illegal to cross state lines with legal smoking herbs, even if you’re traveling from one state to another in which you can possess and use it legally. Therefore, any time you take an airplane from one state to another, or from this country to another, you run the risk of breaking federal law and potentially getting arrested.
Regardless of which state you’re in, most smokers say your outcome depends entirely on which agent of Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) you get. So, don’t leave it up to chance. Follow these tips, participate in the comments, and consult professional legal counsel to determine the best way to travel for you.
Note: In some places and situations, it’s always illegal to smoke legal smoking herbs of any form. You can’t possess or use it on public or federal mode of transportation, or in any public space, on a school bus, on school grounds, in a correctional facility, or on federal lands, such as any national park. (See “The Smoker’s Guide to Road Trips” for more info about road tripping with legal smoking herbs.) You should consult a lawyer with specific legal questions or concerns you may have before you board a plane to ensure that you have the most up to date information.
Which Smoking Products Can I Bring on a Plane?
First, consider these tips when flying with smoking herbs:
- If you are traveling with smoking products, bring your least favorite accessories
- Store anything you’re unsure of in a checked bag, instead of going through security and carrying it on the plane. It’s best to avoid the hassle.
- Because the TSA adheres to federal law, agents will not necessarily let you through security with most smoking products. Local police, however, can sometimes override them if they are present and knowledgeable.
- If you opt to bring anything, rolling papers, lighters, pre-rolled cones are probably best. Pipes are usually fine too, as long as they’re 100% free of residue. You can buy cleaner and then use the device for tobacco, or simply get a new one to travel with.
Can I bring legal smoking herbs or accessories on an airplane?
The short answer is no. The TSA advises that even if you are completely legal to possess and use smoking herbs in the state you’re departing, and even if you are heading to a state where it’s also legal, the answer is still no because federal law governs airports and flights. Federal law trumps state law every time, so the possession of actual smoking herbs and/or accessories with any herbal remnants while in transit between like-minded states is a definite no-no! Since you’d technically be transporting legal herbs through other states’ airspace, it’s deemed illegal.
However, there are some smoking accessories that are safe to bring on a plane. You can relax about bringing your rolling papers because there are no trace remnants and are commonly used for tobacco. Traditional pipes are also common for tobacco smokers, so it’s also safe to bring a clean or new pipe. If you can’t get a new one before traveling, make sure you clean it, then clean it again for good measure.
Is it ever OK to fly with legal smoking herbs or accessories?
In short, unless you’re traveling within a state that allows the use of the smoking herbs of your choice, it is illegal to travel by airplane to a different state with your herbs in tow. Currently, California is the only state that permits the legal transport of smoking materials and accessories within state lines but not necessarily in or out of their airports. Even other lenient states like Oregon and Washington don’t have the same legislation. Many people travel by plane without incident but, as research states, it is up to the TSA agent to choose how to handle each situation.
Q: Can I travel internationally with legal smoking herbs and accessories?
As you probably guessed, the answer is mostly no. So many places in the United States and Canada are totally down with the use and possession of legal smoking herbs that it’s beginning to feel normal to those of us who live here. However, this is not the mindset of all countries! It’s best to plan on taking a tolerance break if you’re traveling internationally, especially if heading to any avoid-at-all-cost destinations. Better safe than locked up abroad!
The Best Travel Gear for Smokers
If you’re looking for a smoking kit that has all of your bases covered from rolling papers to lighters, the Bob Marley Rasta bundle has what you need. This bundle has Bob Marley pure hemp 1 1/4 rolling papers with 1 of 10 memorable quotes so you can keep the good times rolling. For those of us who like to use rolling machines, the Rasta-tastic Jamaican 79mm Roller is the perfect size to keep on-the-go smoke sessions discreet. Every smoking kit needs fire and this bundle delivers with both lighters and hemp wick so no matter how you and your smoking buddies prefer to smoke, you’ll have what you need to keep you feeling irie. The Bob Marley Rasta Bundle has what you need to make every little thing be alright.
Have you been searching for a practical way to hide your smokes while you’re traveling? If so, then the RAW Smokerman’s Hat is what you need. This next-level smoking apparel is perfect for every outdoor activity with the bucket shape and drawstring, plus a built-in secret storage spot, and is adorned with your favorite smoking brand’s logo. The pre-roll and tube storage holders keep your most important supplies safe, where you can easily get to them at all times! The RAW Smokerman’s Hat is available in black or camo and in two sizes. Show off your RAWsome pride with this stylish and practical hat that every smoker could use while on vacation.
The easiest way to get jammed up for smoking while on vacation is due to the smell of your smoking herbs. Make sure to keep that loud smell contained with these handy RAW Smell Proof Smokers Pouches. These smell-proof travel bags store your favorite legal herbs and accessories in one place while keeping odors locked away. Each of these water-resistant RAW pouches features five layers of odor blocking material and a final layer of foil lining and are available in three sizes, so you can pack accordingly. This travel storage pouch is a must-have accessory for every traveling smoker.
You’ve never seen a bag like this; the RAW Cone Duffel Bag is just the thing you need to carry your smoking supplies in RAWsome style. This duffel bag is shaped like an iconic RAW cone, and measures in at 22″ long and 9″ wide, which is sure to make you the star at your next sesh. Each bag features five layers of smell protection, as well as a foil-lined pocket to keep any organic goods fresh. The rubberized zipper covers keep any smells trapped in so you can travel without a care in the world. The sides and shoulder straps are all branded with the unmistakeable RAW logo, so there’s no mistaking your taste at any angle.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of federal and international law regarding air travel with legal smoking herbs, and you know that each government defines “legal” differently. One final tip before we part ways: If you don’t want to get involved with the hassle of flying with something that authorities could deem illegal, it’s safest to leave it at home. Rolling Paper Depot ships all across the country, so we recommend placing an online order prior to your trip and have it shipped to your final destination! Information is the key to staying safe. Sign up for our email list and stay tuned to our blog for more great tips, and updates to this article as the law’s change. Safe travels!