Although I have never smoked, I have traveled with many people over the years who smoke quite heavily, so I know how stressful it can be for some smokers to go without their nicotine fix, on a long flight particularly. Without nicotine gum I don’t think one or two would have survived to be honest!
Nicotine gum can be taken through the airport security checkpoint in your carry on bag and onto the plane with you, without restriction, and can be chewed during the flight. It can often also be purchased in stores at the airport after passing through security.
Hopefully being able to chew nicotine gum will help your sanity during the flight until you get to your destination and can have your first cigarette. Read the advice on how to get the most benefit from the gum below.
Can you take nicotine gum through airport security
There are no restrictions on taking nicotine gum through a security checkpoint at the airport. They can be left in your carry on when the bag goes through the x-ray machine so you do not need to remove them and place them in a tray.
As nicotine gum is small and light there is really no restriction on the quantity you can take through airport security either.
The TSA offer a very good service on Twitter where you can ask a specific question about whether you can take something through the security checkpoint and they will respond quickly.
This is an example response to a passenger’s question regarding carrying nicotine gum:
Can you take nicotine gum in your carry on?
You are allowed to pack nicotine gum in your carry on bag and take them on to the aircraft with you to chew during the flight. You can also carry them in your pocket too of course.
If you are flying from a larger airport that has stores after you pass through airport security then you may find that some of these have nicotine gum for sale.
Can you take nicotine gum in your checked bags?
As with many things, even items which are potentially contentious from an airport security point of view, you can often carry in your checked bags. Nicotine gum is no exception so you can put as many packets of gum as you wish in your checked bag or bags if you are taking any.
Using nicotine gum effectively
The advice on using nicotine gum to get the most benefit is to chew it until the nicotine taste arrives. Once you have that taste stop chewing and place it between your lips and your gums (a bit like people who use chewing tobacco).
Nicotine then gets absorbed into your blood stream only by absorption through the skin of your mouth.
Taking other nicotine products on a plane
There are numerous other ways of getting a nicotine fix while flying, including Nicorettes, nicotine patches, nicotine lozenges and nicotine nasal spray.
Although you can take these on a plane with you the only one of these that may cause a problem is the nicotine nasal spray. Any liquid can be no larger that 3.4oz/100ml so you need to make sure that the spray does not hold any more than this. It ill also need to be in your liquids bag to go through airport security. See my article – the TSA liquids rule.
Perhaps surprisingly, Inhalators can be used on planes, as well as on a wide range of public transport. However, before using the Inhalator on a plane, it’s best to check in with a flight attendant, and explain how the Inhalator works, if necessary.The company Nicorette state on their website that Nicorette Inhalers can be used on a plane
These are replies from the TSA on Twitter to people asking about taking nicotine products on a plane:
Carrying smoking related items for when you arrive
You can also bring cigarettes with you on a plane. You will be able to light up the second you step out of the terminal building at your destination. If you are traveling abroad though you will have to check customs regulations for the country you are traveling to.
You can bring matches (one box of safety matches) or just one lighter on a plane with certain restrictions so check out the link to find out more.
If you prefer to roll your own cigarettes then you can take rolling tobacco and rolling papers with you too.
Vape can be taken on a plane too although, like cigarettes you cannot actually smoke on board (I say thankfully as a life long non-smoker who remembers the days when smoking was permitted during a flight and it wasn’t pleasant). Read my full article Can you vape on a plane’?
Taking nicotine gum overseas
I cannot find any cases where nicotine gum is not allowed if you are traveling overseas, apart from the exception below.
If you are traveling to Singapore they have very strict litter laws there which includes heavy fines for anyone not disposing of chewing gum of any kind correctly. Singapore is a beautiful place, helped perhaps by its strong stance on littering.
In fact from 1992 to 2004 chewing gum was completely banned in Singapore but since then there have been a few exceptions allowed with nicotine gum being one of them.
You should have no problems taking nicotine gum in any quantity with you when traveling in your carry on bag. Have a good and stress free flight.
How much nicotine can you take on a plane?
If the nicotine is in liquid form then the TSA restrict you to taking 3.4 fluid ounces (100 ml) in your carry on bags but you can carry larger bottles in your checked bags
Can I take Nicorette Quickmist on a plane?
Yes you can take Nicorette Quickmist on a plane in your carry on (as they only contain 13.2ml of liquid) and can use it during the flight.
Can I wear a nicotine patch through airport security?
Yes, you can wear a nicotine patch when you pass through airport security and onto a plane.