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Posted: 8/12/2007 2:55:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2007 2:56:44 AM EDT by soowah]
TSA.gov


In an effort to concentrate resources on detecting explosive threats, TSA will no longer ban common lighters in carry-on luggage as of August 4, 2007. Torch lighters remain banned in carry-ons.

Lifting the lighter ban is consistent with TSA's risk-based approach to aviation security. First and foremost, lighters no longer pose a significant threat. Freeing security officers up from fishing for 22,000 lighters every day (the current number surrendered daily across the country) enables them to focus more on finding explosives, using behavior recognition, conducting random screening procedures and other measures that increase complexity in the system, deterring terrorists. The U.S. is the only country in the world to ban lighters – all other nations, including Israel and the U.K., do not.


Torch lighters can still be carried in checked luggage with approved cases.

Link Posted: 8/14/2007 11:20:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By soowah:
Torch lighters can still be carried in checked luggage with approved cases.



according to the TSA site, torches aren't even allowed in checked baggage...
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 11:48:54 AM EDT
OMG
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 12:12:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tweeder:

Originally Posted By soowah:
Torch lighters can still be carried in checked luggage with approved cases.



according to the TSA site, torches aren't even allowed in checked baggage...


The newest release, quoted above, says banned for carry on. It says it in the text and a little window on the TSA page. I am making an assumption that they have not updated the permitted for checked baggage page.

fueled lighters are permissible in checked luggage with approved DOT case. It says nothing to the definition of lighter fuel, whether lighter fluid or butane.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 12:27:46 PM EDT
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