Can Vapes Be Detected By Metal Detectors?

Published May 26th 2022
In this article, we discuss whether vapes can be detected by metal detectors.

Can Vapes Be Detected By Metal Detectors?

Yes, vapes can be detected by metal detectors.

As the use of cheap disposable vapes is becoming more common, many people have been wary of bringing them to places such as schools and public transport as they are afraid of triggering metal scanners, hand-held or otherwise.

These detectors are typically used to identify the carriage of weapons or other metal objects, metal detectors are a tool more frequently being used to uncover vapes and e-cigarette devices because they can easily detect the metal within most vape devices. For walk-through metal detectors, the archway is made up of a vertical and horizontal electromagnetic field that are triggered simultaneously when a button is pressed. These fields are applied to the individual when they move through the arch. When sensors within identify metallic particles on the individual, it rings an alert.

While there are vape devices many are plastic and ceramic —a majority have a metal body. In short, yes, they can be detected as long as the vape contains anything metallic.

As unwanted contraband has been on the rise, officials have been utilising metal detectors to inspect whenever there is reason to suspect and to carry out confiscations. This strategy makes the search process especially effective, prompt and hassle-free for both the enforcer and the person being searched. In addition, using handheld metal detectors is less intrusive and aggressive as compared to other search methods such as frisk-down.

How Do You Sneak Vape Through A Metal Detector?

Anything that contains a metal should be removed from a vape pen, however, this is very difficult as metals exist throughout vaping devices.

Apart from using plastic vape devices, they are also commonly made of ceramic and glass with the main metal parts being their heating components, known as coils, and their battery. Obviously, you should not try to sneak a vape through a metal detector under any circumstances. You are better off being upfront and honest with the security. Begin by taking out everything that contains metal and placing it on the scanning tray to prevent alarming the electromagnetic fields of the metal detector. You are then able to keep your vape device in your pocket after extracting the metallic pieces and attachment, and head on through the metal detector.

If you’re not looking to have your vape snatched away, do as we suggested previously; extract and store the metallic components in your carry-on bag, and go through the metal detector with your vape in your pocket. If the alarm goes off after you've cleared all metal elements from the gadget, tell the airport authorities you've taken out all parts and are holding an e-cigarette or vape.

You might be wondering about the vape juice that your vape will be useless without. If you want to get past airport security, the e-liquid has to be below 100 millilitres and will have to remove and kept in a transparent sealable plastic bag.

If you’re looking for a more assured option, there are other inventive workarounds to get past a metal detector without detection. Numerous users recently have resorted to innovative solutions such as building their custom coils with wicks and using e-juice from bottles instead of disposable pods, to meet the new difficulty of security personnel searching for vaporisers.

Learn more with our article are vape pens allowed in Disneyland?

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