What kind of scrutiny can I expect from UK customs at an airport if bringing a small vaporizer and one or two cartridges. If the cartridges have nothing like a government seal or list of "ingredients" yet the contents are sealed inside the cartridge so, to assert the contents, they would need to take it apart or actually vape it.
Assuming that if you’ve ever used the vaper with any cannabis related products, if their drug sniffer dog gets a whiff of one or two of certain aromatic molecules, or if on physical inspection their swiper spectrometer rings a bell, expect them to give all of your things a very very thorough inspection. Customs are entirely at liberty to destroy items in order to inspect them and they don’t have to compensate you for damage.
Just as an aside, possession of cannabis and cannabis products carry a five year prison term in the UK — I imagine smuggling charges are higher — and then you get deported and banned. Not worth risking it in my opinion.
All around, it’s often easier to just get a new vaper and juice locally than risk any customs issues.
Do the following and you will be OK.
- Disassemble the vaporizer before flying into the UK (ensuring the batteries are out!)
- You can only carry 100ml of liquid "total" on a plane. Which means you will have to check luggage under the plane if it exceeds 100ml.
- They go by the 100ml rule by the number on the bottle, not the volume. For example, if you have two bottles that say 100ml, and they’re both only 1/4 full, which would give you 50ml of total liquids, they still go by the 100ml listed on the bottle.
So disassemble the device completely, and if you bring over 100ml of labeled vape juice, check it in a bag under the plane.